Comox career fair offers up opportunities in aquaculture

Career fair will feature aquaculture employers, education institutions and service providers throughout the Central Vancouver Island region that are ready to help you on your career path.

By SeaWestNews

Did you know that aquaculture has the youngest workforce of any agriculture sector in Canada?

More and more young people are being attracted to salmon farming in British Columbia as they seek a stable career with good paying jobs and opportunities for advancement.

Currently, there are approximately 7,000 total full-time equivalent (FTE) positions supported by the BC salmon farming industry, including direct employment (directly related to the production of farmed fish), indirect employment (related to the supply of goods and services) or induced employment effects (when the direct and indirect generated incomes are spent and re-spent in the broader economy).

Employment is typically year-round and includes numerous benefits including a salary of approximately 30% more than the median employment income in the province.

If you interested in looking at an aquaculture-related career or simply want to live and work in other sectors on Vancouver Island, head down to the Black Press Career Fair on January 23rd, 2020 at the Comox Community Centre, 1855 Noel Ave. Comox BC.

This event will feature employers, education institutions and service providers throughout the Central Island region that are ready to help you on your career path.

Grieg Seafood, one of the partners at Fair employs more than 150 dedicated professionals at various locations including their Campbell River head office, Gold River hatchery and farm sites on the east and west coasts of Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast area. They are looking for hard-working, dedicated individuals who are committed to raising healthy salmon in an environmentally and economically sustainable manner.

Many of Grieg’s employees have transitioned from other careers including commercial fishing, self-employment, restaurateurs or forestry, to join aquaculture.

Their career knowledge ranges from working outdoors on fishing boats and tugs, to obtaining university degrees in aquaculture, biological sciences, marine resource management, business, accounting, veterinary and environmental sciences, states the company.

Mowi, another partner of the Fair, offers dynamic and challenging marine jobs in B.C. with competitive pay, benefits, opportunities for advancement and stable, year-round employment.

“Our farm sites and hatcheries are located in some of the most beautiful places in the world,” states the company.

The vast majority of aquaculture careers in Mowi are directly related to the raising, harvesting and processing of Atlantic salmon.

There are various production roles following the life cycle of the fish. Staff may begin their aquaculture careers in entry-level positions and advance to supervisory or management roles through on the job training and development programs.

(Image courtesy of Mowi)