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Funding Advances Important Reporting Work by BC's Salmon Farmers

05 October 2012

CANADA - Information on BC’s salmon farmers will be available more easily to federal regulators, thanks to a funding grant from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

The C$49,865 total, funded through the Aquaculture Innovation and Market Access Programme will update the BC Salmon Farmers Association’s Fish Health Database so that farmers can more easily share information with the federal government’s record-keeping programme.

“Our fish health monitoring requirements are extensive and our database is comprehensive – having the two easier to connect will increase efficiency, ensure accuracy and guarantee the most up-to-date information,” said Mary Ellen Walling, Executive Director of the BCSFA.

Salmon farmers in BC are regularly collecting data from their farms – both about the fish they are carefully raising and the environment where they operate. Much of that data is reported to the DFO as part of the license requirements. Having staff be able to easily extract information and automatically submit it to DFO will reduce the repetition of reporting in both of these systems.

“Aquaculture is an important driver in Canada and offers great opportunity – we’re happy that DFO recognises that potential with programmes like this which encourages continuous improvement by all in our farming community,” said Ms Walling.

The project is underway and is expected to be complete by the end of 2013. It is the second phase of an database update project that has been underway since 2011.

The BCSFA also congratulates the other recipients of AIMAP Funding – and in particular, the projects involving our members. Sable Fish Canada received $213,188 to develop a new transportation system for sablefish, and PR Aqua is a key partner in the Taste of B.C. project in Nanaimo, which received C$450,000 for the development of a land-based steelhead farm.

The BCSFA represents salmon farm companies and those who supply services and supplies to the industry. Salmon-farming provides for 6,000 direct and indirect jobs while contributing C$800-million to the provincial economy each year.

For more information visit www.salmonfarmers.org

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