Victoria & Islands Branch presents a
Tour of Grieg Seafood Barnes Bay Salmon Farm
Location: Tour (boats) depart from Way West Water Taxi 1348 Island Highway, Campbell River - (250) 286-3050, (located on the docks between F & G at Discovery Harbour Mall (Superstore mall). Parking is available at the gravel parking lot off Roberts Reach Rd. (See Map)
Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018
Itinerary: Tours will be approximately 4 to 4.5 hours long
- 11:30 am – Meet at Way West Water Taxi (Discovery Harbour Mall – See MAP)
- 12:00 pm – Leave for farm
- 1:00 pm – Arrive at Barnes Bay Farm
- 1:00 – 2:00 pm – Site tour
- 2:00 – 3:00 pm – late lunch (provided)
- 3:00 pm Depart for Campbell River
- 4:00 pm – Arrive at Dock
Travel to the farm will be in a comfortable covered water taxis. For biosecurity control, guests are required to use footbaths so a sturdy shoe is recommended (e.g., running shoes or rubber boots). No open-toe shoes please. As most of the time will be spent outside a jacket, hat and suntan lotion are good ideas for the trip.
Registration: No charge for BCIA Members. Register online (Login and see below). Registration deadline Wed. August 15.
Guests are $15. Please complete the registration form if registering a guest.
NOTE: As we will be car-pooling for transportation to the site, please indicate if you drive, your location (and the number of seats available) or if you need a ride.
The boats won’t wait – so PLEASE ensure you allow sufficient time to travel to Campbell River/Way West Water Taxi. SEE MAP
Times/itinerary are subject to change – if this the case, all registered attendees will be notified by email. The tour might be cancelled due to weather conditions. If this occurs, we will send a note via email to inform those registered for the tour.
The tour is being co-sponsored by the Victoria and Islands Branch of the BCIA and the BC Salmon Farmers Association – there is no cost to BCIA members for this tour!
Salmon Farming In BC
What do you really know about salmon farming in BC? Did you know that:
- Farmed Atlantic salmon is BC’s number one agricultural export in terms of value and second only to dairy products in overall BC agrifood cash receipts.
- In 2016, the wholesale value of farmed salmon was $796.6 million, accounting for 46% of the total wholesale value of all BC seafood products (more than 100 species of finfish, shellfish and marine plants being harvested commercially from our marine and fresh waters.).
- 95% of finfish aquaculture production is Atlantic salmon farmed in marine net pens. Chinook, coho and sablefish are also grown in sea water net pens.
- Modern ocean-based salmon farms are now designed with a production capacity of 3,000 tonnes per two-year cycle.
- Currently there are approximately 119 salmon licences in BC with an estimated 70-80 in operation at any one time to accommodate stocking and fallowing best practices.
- The typical area of a marine finfish farm lease is 40 hectares. In 2015, a total 4,759 hectares of Crown Land was allocated for production on BC finfish farms, or 0.1 % of available coastal waters within one km of shore.
- Salmon farms are currently located in the traditional territories of 28 First Nations, with 20 economic and social partnerships in place with BC salmon farmers.
- 78% of BC salmon production comes from areas covered by partnerships with First Nations.
- First Nations communities provide approximately 30% of the workforce on the farms of BC’s four largest salmon farming companies.
This tour will provide an opportunity to observe and learn how a salmon farm operates, the technology used and meet with farming staff who make a living farming salmon in BC.