|For Immediate ReleaseUpdate on Okisollo and Hoskyn Channel salmon farmsSix of nine salmon farm sites in Okisollo and Hoskyn channels are fallow
right now, as it moves into the fourth month of the outmigration period for wild
This is the sixth monthly update from the BC Salmon Farmers Association
regarding the channels, in response to questions from the public about current
status of operations in the area. Since the wild migration will soon be
complete, we will not continue to update this on a monthly basis but will offer
further information on operations in the area where possible.
Okisollo Channel is located just north of Campbell River and is home to five
farms: two of Marine Harvest Canada’s, two of Mainstream Canada’s and one
operated by Grieg Seafood. Hoskyn Channel, on the east side of Quadra Island,
has four Marine Harvest Canada leases. (To see a map of where all these leases
are located, click here).
The Conville Bay site located in Hoskyn Channel, has been sub-leased from
Marine Harvest Canada to Grieg Seafood, is stocked, and as per regulation, are
following all fish health and sea lice management programs.
Mainstream Canada has now completed stocking of their Venture Point farm in
Okisollo Channel and started stocking of their Brent Island site.
These farms – even when in full operation – do not threaten wild migrating
salmon. Sea lice numbers are managed and maintained below regulation levels and
fish health is closely monitored. The most recent sampling on the farm operating
in the area show lice counts well below threshold levels (see table).
All three companies operating in the area share information with each other
about their operations. Our members believe inter-industry co-operation is a
great way to ensure the success of farms and the natural environment they work
in. This update is part of an increased effort to share information with the
public to answer any questions they might have.
The three companies have also released maps showing all farms that were in
operation at any time between March and July of the years 2007 to 2010. To
review those, click here.
Extensive research also shows that Pacific salmon are resistant to damage
from sea lice after they outgrow extreme infancy. Sockeye salmon, for example,
have well-outgrown that risk by the time they’re migrating past Campbell
For more information about sea lice on wild and farmed salmon, please
Jones, S., E. Kim & W. Bennett. 2008. Early development of resistance to
the salmon louse Lepeophtheirus salmonis (Krøyer) in juvenile pink salmon
Oncorhynchus gorbuscha (Walbaum). Journal of Fish Diseases 31:591-600.
Or contact us: Colleen Dane
Communications Manager, BCSFA
(250) 286-1636 x225