Salmon farming / It all started in Sechelt in 82

Salmon farming provides for 6,000 direct and indirect
jobs while contributing $800-million to the provincial economy each year.

BC Aquaculture Aware in River City this week

It’s an important local activity and yet it can’t be seen easily by many area
residents: that’s why improving understanding of salmon farming in BC has been
highlighted as a goal during Aquaculture Awareness Week in Campbell River.

“Our farmers are proud of the contribution we make to coastal communities and
it’s important to them that people understand what we do and how important it is
that we do it well,” said Mary Ellen Walling, Executive Director of the BC
Salmon Farmers Association.

In July, Campbell River council approved a proclamation for Aquaculture
Awareness Week Sept. 19-23, following a request by the BC Salmon Farmers
Association. The proclamation recognizes the important role that aquaculture –
particularly salmon farming – plays in Campbell River and the BCSFA’s goal of
better educating the public about their members’ operations and
opportunities.

The BCSFA engages in many public events to share information about the
industry: including four food shows a year, Oceans Day, the PNE, presentations
to community organizations, public farm tours and more.

This week, the BCSFA will host its Annual General Meeting – drawing
colleagues from across Canada to talk about the latest projects and innovations
of the industry, both globally and nationally. Gold sponsor for this year’s
event is feed company Skretting North America, bronze sponsors include Creative
Salmon, Grieg Seafood, EWOS Canada and Northen Ropes.

A trivia contest about BC’s salmon farming industry will run in both local
papers, and be posted to the BCSFA website Sept. 21. There will also be awards
of recognition given to some Island residents who have done a lot to learn about
and support this important business.

“We take very seriously the need to inform the public about salmon farming in
BC,” said Walling. “Having a week where we highlight this as a priority for us
and the community is a good motivation to keep focusing on education about
salmon farming.”

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
(250)
286-1636 x223

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