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Victoria & Islands Branch - Tour of Grieg Seafood Barnes Bay Salmon Farm

August 18, 2018 - 11:30am to 4:00pm
Victoria & Islands
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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.

Important Notables:

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.