Salt Water Operations
What is the circumference and depth of one pen at Coffin Island?
The circumference of one net pen is 100 metres, and the depth at its center is eight metres. These measurements are typical for all net pens in Nova Scotia.
What is the distance from the outer edge of a pen to the shoreline? Is this regulated?
This distance is not regulated, however the provincial lease which Cooke obtains from the province includes a requirement as to where the net pens must be positioned.
How many pens are presently in place and how many are expected in the future?
Currently there are 14 net pen enclosures at the Coffin Island site, and we would like to expand this site to a maximum of 20.
What is the distance between the bottom of the net pens and the ocean floor?
At Coffin Island, there is five metres between the bottom of a net pen and the ocean floor. The distance varies between bottom of net and ocean floor with tides and bottom elevation changes, but generally there is over five metres between the bottom of the net pen and the ocean floor.
Will you consider a land-based aquaculture fish farm?
Atlantic Salmon spend the first half of their lives on land, as such, we have many land-based facilities in Atlantic Canada. We are currently looking to expand land-based operations to grow smolts even larger, and reduce their time in net pen enclosures.