Salmon Farmers Positive About Year Ahead

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
28 September 2010, at 1:00am

CANADA - A new informational video and new board members were two highlights of the British Columbian Salmon Farmers Association's annual general meeting last week.

It's been a busy, positive year for salmon farmers in BC and it's always good to gather and consider how to carry that into the future," said Mary Ellen Walling, Executive Director of the BCSFA. "Our AGM set the right tone."

In 2010, the province's salmon farmers joined in at the Olympics and four other food shows to showcase their product, expanded their staff team, moved forward with innovative technical projects, hosted scientists and visitors from around the world, worked through the beginning of a regulatory transition and stepped forward to represent the industry at the Cohen Commission Inquiry into the decline of Fraser River Sockeye Salmon, among other activities.

"All of these positive projects kept the association and our members busy throughout the year, and we look forward to seeing them progress," said Walling. "This is an important time for the BC industry - we're strong, we're accountable and sustainable and we see opportunity."

The AGM also saw the launch of a new video about the development of the industry, expected to be released publicly in the coming months.

Board members Tim Rundle (Creative Salmon), Chris Beattie (Skretting), Wayne Gorrie (PRAqua), Stewart Hawthorn (Grieg Seafood) and Wade Kaskiw (Akvagroup) were all elected to a two-year term. They join Brad Hicks (Taplow Feeds), Vincent Erenst (Marine Harvest Canada), Fernando Villaroel (Mainstream Canda), Ward Griffeon (West Coast Fish Culture), Dave Stover (Batchelor Bay Management) and Ross Grierson (EWOS) on the BCSFA board.

The association thanks gold level sponsor Mainstream Canada, silver contributors Aqua-Pak & Noboco and Grieg Seafood and bronze donors Cards Aqua, the Coast Discovery Inn and Marina, Creative Salmon Co., EWOS and Ocean Pacific Marine Supply - as well as Marine Harvest Canada for their donation of salmon.