Local salmon farmers ready to welcome the public – Fishfarmer Magazine

Local salmon farmers ready to welcome the public07 June, 2011 –

There are many questions about salmon farming in BC – and many answers ready at weekly farm tours, kicking off June 16.

The BC Salmon Farmers Association’s annual farm tour programme is ready to begin, with public visits to local farms scheduled each Thursday from June 16 to Sept. 15.

“Tours are a great way for the public to learn more about this important local industry: how we operate and who we are,” said David Minato, member and community relations co-ordination for the BCSFA. “It’s an opportunity to pose any questions you have directly to the people working on these farms every day.”

The BCSFA and its members started the tour programme five years ago as a way to provide more information to the general public. Visitors get to visit farms, learn more about their operations and ask questions of those working on the site.

“The fact that salmon farms are out-of-sight can lead to misunderstandings about some of our operations: we hope to better clarify with this great hands-on experience,” said Mary Ellen Walling, Executive Director, BCSFA.

Tours depart from Discovery Launch Water Taxis in Campbell River at 9 a.m. and last about four 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.