Mayor wants to turn council’s attention to aquaculture

Campbell River’s new mayor says he will be asking city council to support the work of the aquaculture industry

Campbell River’s new mayor says he will be asking city council to support the work of the aquaculture industry.

Andy Adams said at last week’s inaugural council meeting that he wants the city to get behind the industry.

“We’re the centre for the aquaculture industry in British Columbia,” Adams said. “I will ask council to support executive director Jeremy Dunn and the BC Salmon Farmers’ Association and other aquaculture industries.”

But Adams was quick to point out that it needs to be a multi-pronged approach

He said council will need to “work with First Nations, provincial and federal governments to ensure this industry can grow in a sustainable and environmentally respectful manner, providing jobs and economic stability for families in (the) community.”

Adams noted that a strong, vibrant aquaculture industry could have a positive trickle-down effect.He said that institutions such as North Island College and the B.C. Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences would have the opportunity “to provide programs that expand the trades and skill sets in our students and make a significant difference in our community.”