BC Salmon Farmers Assosiation

Independent audit confirms healthy fish on BC’s salmon farms

Campbell River – The results of 2011’s first quarter audit of the BC Salmon Farmers Association’s fish health database has again confirmed the health of farmed salmon and absence of any exotic disease.The results of the audit, conducted by the Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences (CAHS), are posted online here. To complete each audit, the CAHS did its own sampling to compare against the regular sampling and testing carried out by each company’s fish health technicians and veterinarians. Their results are compared to the BCSFA’s database of results to ensure its accuracy. The same is done for regular sea lice counts.

“The integrity of our fish health plans – which include monitoring, treatment, sampling, testing, reporting and auditing – is key to our responsible operations as farmers,” said Mary Ellen Walling, Executive Director of the BC Salmon Farmers Association. “It’s important to have outside experts review our work to ensure our effectiveness – both for the safety of our fish and the natural environment.”

Salmon farmers regularly test mortalities from their farms for pathogens. While some can be easily diagnosed, others require multiple steps to identify the cause. All fish health professionals – within industry and outside of it – are bound by regulations to report any suspicion of exotic disease. The extensive testing process has left no such concerns.

This quarter’s report marks a full year since the Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences assumed responsibility for this audit process, previously undertaken by the province’s fish health department. The CAHS program was implemented to maintain consistency in these reviews during the transition of aquaculture regulations from the provincial to federal governments. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is now conducting the audits.

“The program is an important one – to give our farmers and the general public the confidence of extra scrutiny,” said Walling. “As business people, we need our fish to be healthy – as coastal residents we want them to be healthy as well – it’s the primary priority for us all.”

The BCSFA represents salmon farm companies and those who supply services and supplies to the industry. Salmon-farming provides for 6,000 direct and indirect jobs while contributing $800-million to the provincial economy each year.

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For More Information
Mary Ellen Walling
Executive Director, BCSFA
1-800-661-7256

 

Fashion and friends make fundraiser fly

Six pieces of clothing, 30 days  – and at the end of it all, $5,442 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation: it’s the final tally of the BC Salmon Farmers Association’s Dress from the Heart clothing challenge fundraiser.

“This has been one of those events that has picked up great momentum and support – and has been fun and inspiring at the same time,” said Mary Ellen Walling, Executive Director of the BC Salmon Farmers Association. “We are so proud to be able to support the Heart and Stroke Foundation.”

For the month of April, each staffer at the BCSFA office was challenged to wear just six pieces of clothing to work to raise funds for the foundation. The challenge was inspired by the foundations’ Heart Truth fashion show, and a financial-advice column by Smart Cookies’ Angela Self.

With the clothing challenge tackled, BCSFA staff went on to host a clothing swap and open house at their offices just a few days ago. Entrance was by donation to the foundation as well and all the remaining clothes will be donated to Ann Elmore House in Campbell River.

“This is a real win-win: we tackled a challenge as a team that enabled us to contribute to two important organizations,” said Walling. “Supporting women in our community and encouraging heart health are two topics near and dear to all of us.”

The BCSFA represents salmon farm companies and those who supply services and supplies to the industry. Salmon-farming provides for 6,000 direct and indirect jobs while contributing $800-million to the provincial economy each year.

For more information about the Heart and Stroke Foundation, visit www.heartandstroke.bc.ca.

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For more information:
Colleen Dane
Communications Manager
 BC Salmon Farmers Association
(250) 203-1532

 

 

 

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