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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 1, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 20 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, October 1, 1974 Aquaculture helps depleted fish stock EARLS COVE, B.C. (CP) Fish farming wasn't making much progress in Canada two years ago when the Menee- ly family started buying salmon eggs from federal government fish hatcheries. However, the Meneely's fish farming, or aquaculture, venture has been successful. They got in on the ground floor of the industry and have been issued federal government operating permit No. 1. The Meneelys cultivated the eggs at their self- designed and built hatchery in_ Moccasin Valley on the Sechelt Pen- insula and began marketing Cpho and Chinook salmon through Western Canadian hotels and retail outlets last winter. Al Meneely, president of Moccasin Valley Marifarms, said although the federal government was initially skeptical about the project, he ex- pects aquaculture to catch on as Canada's commer- cial fishing stocks shrink. Aquaculture is already thriving in some United States locations and the reason is simple- fish farming is an efficient way of producing protein-rich food. Mr. Meneely's sons Larr.y and Vince can produce at least a pound of salmon on every 1.5 pounds of feed. By comparison, it takes 10 pounds of feed to produce a pound of cattle 'flesh, four pounds of feed to produce a pound of hog flesh and 2.5 pounds of feed for a pound of poultry. Death rate "One female salmon pro- duces an average Mr. Meneely said. "Our operation generates less than 10 per cent mor- nature it can be as high as 70 per for eggs we get fish." In eight to 12 months they bring their fish from egg to market average 12 inches in length. That is two to four times the natural fate. The federal government has no'restriction on the size of fish the farm can market but the Meneelys prefer to sell fish which will dress into single por- tions a'bout eight-ounce to one-pound size. From those fish they get from the one salmon they can get about pounds dressed in a year. All on'less than pounds of food. LIGHTEN YOUR LOAD. CONTRACTORS INDUSTRIAL EQUIPMENT SALES RENTALS SERVICE Ford tractors, loaders, backhoes Genuine Ford parts Used equipment Fast service R.O.P.S. shown optional at 2 only! 140 P.T.O. H.P. AVAILABLE NOW 4 Tractor Loader Backhoes BIG Time 3 Models STECML FALL CLEARANCE OFLAWNMOWERS SOUTHLAND FORD 311 33rd Street North, Lethbridge Phone 32M796 "And it tastes good too, just like regular salmon only said Larry Meneely, 25, who manages the farm on a day-to-day basis. "We've had it taste- tested in Vancouver and elsewhere and most found it as good or better than salmon from the he said. Important Greg Deacon, 26, a former University of British Columbia agriculture student, helps oversee the fish raising. He said the secret of the process is carefully controlled water temperature, frequent separation of larger fish from smaller ones and Oregon Moist Pellets, the fish food. The feed contains 30 per cent wet fish such as herr- ing or salmon viscera, grain, soy meal and vitamins. Mr. Deacon, Larry Meneely and three assistants monitor the water flow from Moccasin Valley Creek and segregate the faster- growing from the slower- growing fish on a round- the-clock basis. "The main thing is that they have to be Larry Meneeiy said. "You have to be on call all the time." He thinks the small fami- ly nature of the fish farm is one reason it has succeed- ed where some large government-or big- business sponsored operations failed. "It's a farmer's job that has to be approached on a low-key basis with a lot of time and patience." Only about pounds of fish have been sold from eggs purchased in 1972 but eggs acquired in the fall of 1973 should produce 30 tons of fish next winter, Al Meneely said. He figures that eventual- ly the farm's 29 acres of land and 19 acres of foreshore may have a capacity of pounds of salmon a year. One hour of farm labor in 1972 produced over twice as much food as it did in 1957-59. During this same time, output per manhour in non-farm work has increased Farm technologists promote rural skills Service through knowledge is the motto of this volunteer group of technicians and technologists. The Alberta Society of Agricultural Technologists, a member of this organization work to promote increased skill and knowledge in agriculture and related in- dustry. Society members also co-operate with educational institutes and employees to improve standards of training and employment in agricultural technology. Being a young organiza- tion the society needs more members, so that more people may work towards achievement of the. society's aims. Persons interested may inquire to the ASAT registrar, Olds Agricultural College. 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