Investing in the future of aquaculture in B.C.
If you think that salmon farming in Western Canada’s oceans is a sunset industry, think again.
The big three in British Columbia’s aquaculture industry – Marine Harvest, Cermaq and Grieg Seafood – are spending tens of millions of dollars in sea vessels and barges, bringing new technology to improve their operations and boost the local economies of coastal communities.
Dean Trethewey, Seawater Production Director for Grieg Seafood
“These new investments are proof that salmon farming has a viable and sustainable future in B.C.,” said Dean Trethewey, Seawater Production Director for Grieg Seafood.
“Our new vessels and barges strengthens our commitment to our First Nations partners and to the coastal communities we work in,” Trethewey told SeaWestNews.
Grieg Seafood has two new $2-million state-of the art feed barges, a new net cleaning workboat, a new workboat to support ongoing harvesting projects, and will take delivery of a $50 million well boat that will employ enhanced technology to combat sea lice infestation.
“It’s an exciting time to be at Grieg,” said Trethewey, a Vancouver Island native, who has been in the aquaculture industry for over 25 years.
Grieg Seafood’s two new feed barges, designed by Simone Cook and constructed by the Campbell River-based Pacific Marine Construction company, are to be located at the Noo-la fish farm, located in Clio Channel, northwest of Vancouver Island and near Gore Island in Nootka Sound.
“Wherever possible we use local contractors and skills,” said Trethewey.
Grieg Seafood’s new feed barges were designed by Simone Cook and built by the Campbell River-based Pacific Marine Construction.
The barges have remote feeding systems with underwater video cameras that allow technicians to observe fish behaviour and adjust the flow of food accordingly. In addition, technology on the barges, provide real time ocean data which can be used by scientists around the world studying climate change impacts.
The 12-bedroom barges are like floating resorts providing all amenities for workers, who spend rotational eight-day stints on site. They have a shared living area featuring an open-concept kitchen, fireplace and big-screen television.
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