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Attend The 2010 Salmon Farm Tour Programme

CANADA - Time and space are running out for people looking to attend a 2010 British Columbian Salmon Farm Tour. The public tour programme, hosted by the BC Salmon Famers Association runs each Thursday until September 16, rotating visits amongst local companies in the Discovery Passage area.

"The farm tours have been very popular - with lots of people eager to come out and learn more about the industry and how farms operate," said David Minato, Member and Community Relations co-ordinator for the BCSFA. "It's good to introduce them to the people working on the farms and show the care they take in their operations."

The public tour programme began a few years ago as a way to educate the public about this important coastal industry. Salmon farming in BC employs 6,000 people directly and indirectly, and produces the province's largest agricultural export. Many of this year's tours have been sold out and spots are filling up quickly for the final weeks to come.

"This is a great visit for both locals and visitors to the area, who want to learn more about this often out-of-site industry," said Mr Minato.

Visitors to the farms see how they operate and have the opportunity to ask any questions they have. It's a great way to learn more about this complex and important business, while enjoying the outdoors and meeting lots of friendly people.

The tours depart from Discovery Launch Water Taxis in Campbell River at 9 am and last about five hours. The boat ride takes visitors through the Seymour Narrows - offering beautiful scenery and the chance to see marine wildlife such as seals, otters and whales.

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