The Conservation Fund in the News

January 5, 2015
Nathaniel Axtell, Outlet: Hendersonville Times-News, 4 January 2015 — Using government grants and private donations, the N.C. Forest Service and its partners have now acquired more than half of the land necessary for a new 8,000-acre state forest in Transylvania County.

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December 12, 2014
Margery A. Beck, Associated Press, ap.org 13 December 2014 — The latest of five generations who have worked the same ground in northeastern Nebraska, 52-year-old Scott Garwood, isn’t growing corn or cattle – it’s fish. Specifically, thousands of an Australian freshwater species called barramundi – often dubbed Asian sea bass because of its similar sweet, white flaky flesh – in large tanks inside a warehouse.

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November 29, 2014
Nicholas Geisler, OSMO Systems blog, Osmobot.com/blog 30 November 2014 — As part of our deep love for all things aquaculture, we’re profiling the companies and people making a difference in the future of farming. Today we’re talking about The Freshwater Institute, the Seafood Watch-approved indoor salmon farm that is changing the way we think about raising fish.

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November 17, 2014
Josh Schonwald, TIME Magazine, Time.com 18 November 2014 — When you hear the term “sustainable seafood,” you might envision a fisherman pulling catch from a pristine sea. But a few weeks ago, the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch, arguably the world’s most influential arbiter of seafood sustainability, gave its highest stamp of approval to three companies that are about as far away from that fishing idyll as possible.

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August 21, 2014
Chelsea DeMello, The Journal, HampshireReview.com 22 August 2014 — SHEPHERDSTOWN- Sunday Morning began like a trip to another world, as dozens of scientific representatives geared up safely in blue and white space uniforms to tour the Freshwater Institute to see the facility’s progress on food production sustainability.

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July 16, 2014
James Wright, Senior Editor, SeafoodSource.com 17 July 2014 — Salamone of Wegmans hasn’t given up on the idea of fish farms positioned in close proximity to key markets. The 68-year-old veteran said he wishes he were 30 years younger so he could see the industry evolve to a point that may seem like a fantasy today. “Ten years from now a company like Wegmans could raise its own fish on land somewhere,” he said. “That is the future for land-based aquaculture.”

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May 13, 2014
Whitney Pipkin, Bay Journal, BayJournal.com 14 May 2014 — Salmon skins glisten in the waters below as three men wait, nets in hand, for the right catch to swim near the surface. The fish, grouped into one corner of an expansive pool, flop against its surface as the nets swoop in, splashing water that’s conspicuously salt-free onto the metal platform. This, of course, isn’t the wild, where 2-year-old Atlantic salmon like this rarely venture south of the Connecticut River and have seldom been spotted in the Chesapeake Bay. This is The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute, located nearly 80 miles inland in Shepherdstown, WV.

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April 17, 2014
Whitney Pipkin, The Washington Post, WashingtonPost.com, 18 April 2014 — Still have farmed salmon crossed off your short list of eco-friendly fish? A local version that’s available for a limited time in the Washington area could temporarily rewrite your rules. Most farmed salmon are raised in open nets or pens in the ocean, where their waste and potential to introduce parasites, diseases or non-native fish to the wild present serious environmental concerns. The Freshwater Institute, a program of the Arlington-based Conservation Fund, has been trying another way.