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Page 35 - Robin Stuart, Salmon Farmer

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tion about that. We've got a great spot to grow trout here. Growth rates are good, feed conversion is good, survival's good. And the cost is really not that great, es? pecially with a seasonal one like that. Be? cause you're not pumping water to grow them, you're growing them in cages. Which really, from an energy point of view, is very efficient, very cheap. The product was well received in the mar? ketplace. And all the people in the mar? kets say there was absolutely no question, it was the best product, as far as trout went. It was far superior to anything that the Japanese or the Americans put out. But places in the States, like Idaho, were pro? ducing huge, huge volumes, fish farms. Thousands and thousands of pounds. And they had the conditions, stable tempera? tures 12 months of the year. Uncontamin- ated ground water coming out at 100,000 gallons a minute. So they could have a fresh fry of fish every month of the year right through. We were very seasonal. And to overwinter fish, it cost more money. The price that you get, the market price for trout, was not really very high. The American trout was being dumped on the Can- HYunoni The Most Successful Import Ever Introduced To Canada 1' C-1 'mit-C?S / AUTO '''Cl il frS' / BAi-ES 34 State St., Sydney 539-7999/539-2999 P.O. Box 1644 Sydport Industrial Park Sydney, Nova Scotia Canada BIP 6T7 Phone: (902) 564-5461 Telex: 019-35296 Contact: JOHN J. CAMPBELL CAPE BRETON OFFSHORE FABRICATORS LIMITED Steel fabricating plant. ?? Computerized/photo-cell profile burner - Overhead cranes - A large variety of machine shop equipment We do all types of light and heavy duty fabrication. adiari market at less than production costs, just to eliminate Canadian competition. It landed in Montreal at $1.25 or $1.30 a pound, and there's no grower in Canada that can afford to grow it for under $2.00 a pound. So it was wiping out any chance. So you were competing against something it was almost impossible to compete against. (So it's realities like this that led Dev? co to stop raising trout.) Yeah. The dir? ect costs of growing trout were greater than the market price. (Was salmon part of the trout project, too?) Salmon was a part of the project in the last; We'd grown a few fish in cages, and we found the growth rates quite reason? able, and survival seemed pretty good. So we decided to pick it up a little, and we bought some smolt from the federal hatcher? ies. We found a good river stock, which is the key to growing salmon--having a good seed stock. You want fish that'll mature in 3 years rather than maturing on a year? ly basis. Because fish that mature (in one year) won't grow much beyond the 2- or 3- pound stage. They just put all their ef? fort into producing eggs and spawn each year, instead of putting it into meat. Riv? er Phillip was the best of all the river systems that was available to us--a river stock of fish that didn't mature until the third year. You want that, because the sal- MEAT FISH GROCERIES OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 9-9 TO SERVE YOU BETTER STPETERS -ALSO VIDEO RENTAL- 535-3363 Di4'5 %rliti A lot depends on what we do --a lot of, lives -- and a lot of jobs! WE MEET THE CHALLENGE (36) COME HOME From the instant you step into a Kent Home, you know you've crossed the border from the ordinary to the extra? ordinary. Here will be homes which are nothing short of a miracle in today's worid of high priced homes. Impressive, inspiringly designed homes. With distinctive appealing exteriors and superb well-planned interiors. But at Kent, we want you to shop around. Look at what everyone else has to offer. Look at their designs, their floor plans, their prices and especially... their quality. Look at everything you get Inside Then... Visit Kent. You'll want a home- Kent Homes Helping to build Atlantic Canada for over 25 years builder that has made e quality... the kind of commitment that Kent Homes has made for over 25 years. Look at our homes closely. Compare design and engineering. Compare standard features. Compare construction details. And then compare value. Kent quality homes are built for life. Start living. COME HOME TO VALUE COME HOME TO KENT. Visit our model homes today. Special showings available by appoint? ment or if your prefer we'll visit you at your MODEL HOME AND
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