Canada: BC shellfish growers take part in pilot scheme – Fishupdate.com

Canada: BC shellfish growers take part in pilot scheme Published:  20 November, 2006

A NEW pilot programme is being implemented in British Columbia to help shellfish growers retrieve lost equipment and to provide the general public with a method to return this equipment to farmers.

The scheme is being conducted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands and the BC Shellfish Growers Association (BCSGA).

Following storm events, shellfish culture equipment such as trays and clam net panels can become detached from rafts and securing pins respectively and be transported outside tenure boundaries.

The new programme involves the attachment of sequentially numbered plastic tags to all suitable culture equipment, e.g. trays, net panels, vexar netting, etc.

The tags are yellow in colour with black embossed letters; the first seven numbers identify the tag followed by the abbreviation “BC” and a toll–free phone number. Anyone finding stray equipment can note the tag number and call the toll–free phone number to report the type and location of the lost equipment.

This information will be e–mailed to the BCSGA, who will then contact the farmer directly and forward the information so the equipment can be collected.

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