Salmon escape from Cooke Aquaculture New Brunswick farm

1,000 fish escaped from Kelly Cove Salmon sea farm site at Davidson Head, N.B, Canada.

1,000 farmed salmon escaped from Cooke Aquaculture’s Kelly Cove Salmon facility, New Brunswick, Canada, on August 20th. By Sept 8th, 53 had been recovered.

In a statement, Cooke Public Relations Vice-President Joel Richardson wrote: “The incident occurred during a routine farming procedure. A vessel equipment malfunction resulted in approximately 1,000 fish being released due to a break in a discharge hose. The broken hose was replaced immediately, reinforced with chafe guards and a video monitoring system was repositioned to specifically target the area which is monitored onboard the vessel”.

It was initially thought 2,500 fish escaped, but that number was adjusted to 1,000 as many were collected from the deck of the wellboat.

The Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries said it was aware of the incident.

“The company reported it to the department as required by regulations. In an effort to promote open communication and transparency, the department undertook steps to inform the Atlantic Salmon Federation, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Maine Department of Marine Resources and the Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association of the situation.”