How many fisheries are in British Columbia?

Get top stories in your inbox. There are about 4,000 fish harvesters scattered across the province who harvested about 196,000 tonnes of wild seafood in 2018, worth $476 million — everything from salmon to crab to geoducks.

Why is there aquaculture in BC?

Aquaculture in B.C. British Columbia’s aquaculture industry is a significant component of the marine fisheries in the province and an important contributor to the economy of resourcebased coastal communities. It creates close to 6,000 jobs, which results in $224 million in wages for British Columbians.

Why is fishing important to British Columbia?

The B.C. fishery contributes greatly to the province’s and country’s economics. Fish and other aquatic goods not only circulate within the country, but they are also exported internationally. For instance, B.C.’s fishery exports account for more than 50% of the total revenues earned by the industry (BC Stats, 2007).

How many fish farms are there in BC?

Government figures show there are about 130 marine finfish farms in B.C. and the vast majority raise Atlantic salmon. They are concentrated in the Campbell River, Port Hardy and Tofino areas around Vancouver Island.

Where does Canada get its fish?

The 3 primary regions for fishing and aquaculture in Canada are the Atlantic region, the Pacific region, and the Inland or Central region that includes the Great Lakes and Hudson’s Bay.

How long has aquaculture been around in British Columbia?

In British Columbia, shellfish farming can be traced back to the 1920s, through the cultivation of Pacific Oysters.

When did fish farming start in BC?

BC’s original fish farmers date back to only the mid-1970s and 1980s. The industry was initially experimental in the 1970s becoming an organized industry in BC in the 1980s and marked in 1984 by the formation of the BC Salmon Farmers Association.

What is the main industry of British Columbia?

Geography severely limits agricultural production in British Columbia, where cultivated land constitutes only a tiny percentage of the province’s total area. Forestry is the most significant of British Columbia’s resource industries.

What is the agriculture of British Columbia?

Agriculture in British Columbia is distinguished by its diversity. Some of the activities carried out by provincial farmers include: dairy farming, cattle-ranching, and poultry-raising, as well as the growing of tree fruits, vegetables, berries, grapes, mushrooms, bulbs, ornamental flowers and shrubs.

Do they farm Atlantic salmon in BC?

“The Atlantic salmon we farm in B.C. is 100 per cent B.C. grown. Our fish are raised in hatcheries on Vancouver Island, from brood stock born and raised on Vancouver Island.”