I am a 29-year-old mother of two. I have lived in Campbell River for eight years or so. In those eight years I have had to support myself and my young family by working in various positions in the aquaculture industry.
I have worked hard and moved up to the position of Net Builder Supervisor. This title meant I managed the building of net pens for open containment fish farming.
In October 2011, I was laid off due to shortage of work. I am currently on EI and struggling to find employment. I and numerous coworkers were laid off because the nets that are being built for local fish farms are now recently being built overseas in developing countries for a cheaper price. Countries like Peru, Chile, and India. They are built and then shipped to Campbell River.
I’m not talking about a couple nets, I’m talking about hundreds or more. It takes four people two weeks to build one net. This means Campbell River people are missing out on a huge opportunity for employment.
I dont think it’s fair that Campbell River deals with all the pollution and risks to the wild salmon stalks, when other countries get the important benefit of employing the people.