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FARM-raised salmon has once again topped the list as British Columbia’s most valuable seafood, according to a new report released by the province.

Over 83,000 tons of cultured salmon were harvested in 2011, garnering a wholesale value of $550.3 million and landed value of $435.3 million, according to the Province of BC’s Seafood Year in Review report for 2011. The second largest that year was the wild groundfish fishery, which saw $328.1 in wholesale value.

“These hard numbers add to the broader value of our sector  –which we see as supporting local communities by producing a safe, healthy product and ensuring a responsible, stable farming community,” said Mary Ellen Walling, Executive Director of the BC Salmon Farmers Association.

British Columbia produced 262,600 tons of seafood with $810.2 million in landed value in 2011. Based on those numbers, BC’s salmon farmers account for nearly 32 per cent of the province’s seafood production and 54 per cent of the landed value.

“Contributing in this significant way to the BC economy is really important to our farmers – but so is making sure we’re doing it well to ensure that we’re driving economic activity only through responsible farm activities,” said Walling.

“Our products are internationally respected as safe and secure and that makes them more attractive in many markets. Seafood products are safer than ever, thanks to our strict and stringent safety protocols,” said Norm Letnick, BC’s Minister of Agriculture.

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