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CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C. – The BC Salmon Farmers Association issued this statement from Executive Director John Paul Fraser in response to the Province of B.C. including salmon farming and aquaculture in the list of Essential Services issued earlier today.

“This designation is a significant responsibility, and one we take seriously. B.C.’s salmon farmers and local businesses that support aquaculture are stepping up to do our part to ensure our food supply remains robust during this pandemic. We are taking strong measures to protect the health and safety of our employees, our partners and suppliers, and the Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities where we live and work – as well as the wellbeing of our animals,” Mr. Fraser says. “Together with Canada’s farming community, we will work hard to keep Canadians nourished with healthy food at this unprecedented time.”

B.C.’s salmon farmers produce about three quarters of the salmon harvested in the province each year – more than 87,000 tonnes annually. That equates to more than 6.5 million, 6-ounce (170 gram) meals every week.

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