Farmed Rainbow Trout Escape in NS

Rainbow Trout escape from fish farm in Port Mouton Bay

Brittany W. Verge
Published on April 11, 2014

Ocean Trout Farms in Port Mouton bay lost fish after experiencing damages during the March 26 storm.

Bruce Hancock, Director of Aquaculture, could not comment on how many fish were lost as a result of the storm but said that the loss should not have negative effects on the environment.

“In terms of any negative impact on the environment, there really should be none,” says Hancock. “It would actually be good fishing for the people that are into recreational fishing.”

Hancock says once the fish leave the farm they are now part of the public domain and all the normal fishing rules apply.

Ocean Trout Farms in Port Mouton stock rainbow trout that come from the same stock as what is placed in rivers throughout Nova Scotia for recreational fishing.

Hancock believes most of the fish were only about four to six inches in size.  Because of their size, they most likely will not live very long in the wild as they’re easy prey.

“Rainbow Trout are not indigenous to the waters of Nova Scotia, they were first introduced back in 1899 and brought in for sport fishery,” says Hancock.

Hancock says the majority of rainbow trout do not spawn and return to rivers they have been stocked in and have to be restocked every year.

Ocean Trout Farms could not be reached for comment at this time.