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IN a bid to educate the Canadian public about the realities of aquaculture, salmon farmers in the Campbell River region are offering weekly tours of their operations.

“These tours are a great opportunity for people to come and see for themselves the diligence and hard work each farmer puts towards carrying for their fish, and to ask any questions they have about how farms operate each day,” said David Minato, Member and Community Relations Co-ordinator.

The tours run each Thursday until September 13, each week bringing up to 11 people to a Campbell River-area farm to learn more about finfish aquaculture: an important local business which is sometimes misunderstood.

This public programme is starting a few weeks later than usual this year, as a result of heightened biosecurity measures temporarily in place by local companies. Tours resume on Thursday, July 26.

“We’re glad to have this programme back for the sixth year running: it really is the best way for people to learn, first hand, about salmon farming. Our farmers are happy to have visitors so they can share more about the work they’re so proud to do,” said Mary Ellen Walling, Executive Director of the BCSFA.

Tours depart from Discovery Launch Water Taxis in Campbell River at 9am 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.

Tours include lunch and cost $50 per person. Reservations are required and are being taken now – to book your spot, phone Minato at the BCSFA (250) 286-1636 x224.

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