Local farmers highlighted in Campbell River aquaculture week

Aquaculture Awareness week will kick off Friday with a special dinner at the local Seniors’ Centre

BC’s salmon farmers are celebrating in the River City next week: raising the banner on the second annual Aquaculture Awareness Week in the area.

“Our members work every day to contribute to this community – and yet, there are many things people don’t know about aquaculture,” said Mary Ellen Walling, Executive Director of the BC Salmon Farmers Association. “Our goal during this week each year is to focus on building the understanding and pride in one of our key drivers in the community.”

In July, Campbell River council approved a proclamation for Aquaculture Awareness Week Sept. 17-21, following a request by the BCSFA. 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.

Aquaculture Awareness week will kick off Friday with a special dinner at the local Seniors’ Centre: and Campbell Riverites should watch out for contests, a tour opportunity, and a special surprise that will help a local charity. All of this adds to the ongoing engagement that the association and its members have with events throughout the year.

“We are all just so proud of what we do and proud of our community – this is a great week to bring it all together,” said Walling. “Having a week that highlights all the good work we do and helps to educate people is really something to celebrate.

This week was chosen as the BCSFA hosts their Annual General Meeting in Campbell River, which brings representatives from across the province. This year the AGM is sponsored by Aqua-Pak Noboco, Grieg Seafood, Mainstream Canada, EWOS Canada, the District of Port Hardy, Creative Salmon, Aquatrans Distributors and AKVA Group. The BCSFA represents salmon farm companies and those who supply the industry.