Company defends $13-million pay out for fish farm losses

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Cooke Aquaculture received $11-million in compesation after culling about a million fish from its farms in Shelburne Harbour in 2012.

By Amy Woolvett

A recent request through Freedom of Information documents has revealed Cooke Aquaculture was compensated $13-million by the federal government when it was forced to kill one-million salmon at its Shelburne fish farm.

An outbreak of infectious salmon anemia spread amongst the pens in 2012.  The outbreak of the untreatable fish disease led to a culling of three salmon cages totaling around one million salmon.

“We were compensated for some of the fish culled through an established program available to all farmers,” said Chuck Brown, communications manager with Cooke Aquaculture.

Cooke’s received the money in 2012 but it wasn’t until this year after CBC News obtained the information through the Freedom of Information Act that the exact amount of compensation became public.

“We also absorbed significant costs ourselves,” said Brown.

“During and since that time we have continued to grow, harvest and market our fish from Nova Scotia and are continuing our work on our expansion plans.”

Organizations: CBC News

Geographic location: Shelburne, Nova Scotia

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  • Reader
    February 07, 2014 - 20:21

    When the cost to the taxpayer is deducted from the wages paid to Canadian employees, how far has this ludicrous enterprise put us in the hold SO FAR? Of course, this is just the dollar cost. We have to consider the environmental cost as well. Dexter and Belliveau, bah!

  • Jim Kimbrell
    January 09, 2014 - 17:05

    More money going out to an unpopular fish farm company