• What is the history of salmon farming in BC?

    B.C.’s original fish farmers date back to only the mid-1970s and 1980s. The industry was initially experimental in the 1970s becoming an organized industry in B.C. in the 1980s and marked in 1984 by the formation of the BC Salmon Farmers Association. Originally, most of B.C.’s salmon farm sites were centered in the Sunshine Coast […]
    • November 7, 2017
  • How do we manage sea lice in salmon farms?

    Farm-raised salmon are free of sea lice when they are entered into the ocean, but during the fall adult wild salmon may pass sea lice to farm-raised salmon. Sea lice are naturally occurring parasites found on many species of marine fish, pose no risk to humans, but may harm tiny juvenile salmon. Salmon farmers have […]
    • November 7, 2017
  • Are salmon farms killing off wild salmon?

    No. A comprehensive study into dozens of possible threats that may have affected the return of Fraser River sockeye (2009) did not find salmon farms to be having a significant negative impact. The $35M Cohen Commission of Inquiry reviewed 600,000 science documents and found the “primary factor” affecting the 2009 return to be environmental factors […]
    • November 7, 2017
  • Why are there deformed fish in salmon pens?

    In any animal population there are individuals born with deformities, or who suffer from stunted growth or injuries. This is no different in a fish population, and although rare, the protection of the farm enables “poor performing” individuals to survive. When possible, we remove these individuals from the population, and fish that do not meet […]
    • November 7, 2017
  • Why do we farm salmon?

    Without aquaculture, wild fish are at risk of overfishing because fish are the world’s largest traded food commodity. Our oceans cannot supply the increased demand for healthy seafood. Similar to what has happened on land over thousands of years, we are now farming the seas, instead of hunting species to extinction. With countries like Canada […]
    • November 7, 2017
  • What is BC’s highest valued seafood product?

    Farm-raised salmon is B.C.’s highest valued seafood product. Farmed salmon is the province’s top agricultural export, and generates over $1.5-billion towards the B.C. economy, resulting in over 6,600 jobs. The BC Salmon Farmers Association represents 52 businesses and organizations throughout the value chain of finfish aquaculture in B.C. They are involved in ensuring that over […]
    • November 7, 2017
  • What is Shellfish aquaculture?

    Shellfish aquaculture is the farming (i.e., cultivation and harvest) of aquatic invertebrates, such as oysters, clams and mussels. Cultivation implies involvement in the rearing process to enhance production, such as regular stocking and protection from predators. Shellfish farming has been a part of British Columbia’s history for over 100 years. The systems used to farm […]
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  • Where do we farm shellfish in BC?

    Shellfish farms are located primarily around the west coast of Vancouver Island and in the Georgia Basin. The cool, nutrient-rich coastal waters of British Columbia’s vast coastline (over 27,000 km) provide the ideal location to grow some of the highest-quality shellfish found on menus around the world. Historically, the most prolific areas for shellfish farming […]
    • November 7, 2017
  • What kind of shellfish do we farm?

    In Canada, the main species of shellfish farmed commercially are clams, geoducks, mussels, oysters and scallops. Clams The Manila Clam (Tapes philippinarum) has been harvested in British Columbia since the 1970s and has been farmed since 1985. It is known for its firm texture and sweet flavour. Manila Clams were accidentally introduced to the Pacific […]
    • November 7, 2017