AVICC and Salmon Farming

AVICC and Salmon Farming

AVICC (Assoc. of Vancouver Island & Coastal Communities) News

AVICC Meeting Mixed Results

The Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities Annual General Meeting was held this past weekend. Despite the misleading title of the Coast Reporter article linked below, the results were mixed.

Misinformed participants teamed up with industry opponents to get 2 resolutions against salmon farming on the agenda and successfully passed.

These motions were written by anti-salmon farming activists without any consultation with those who have been salmon farming successfully for many years, and who always seek to improve processes and products.

Bigger urban centers like Victoria and Sooke pushed the anti-industry resolutions while cities like Campbell River, who rely a great deal on the salmon farming industry, tried to stand up for those who rely on salmon farming. A resolution supportive of salmon farming by Campbell River was also passed at the meeting but overshadowed by press for negative resolutions.

Here is Campbell River's supportive resolution which also passed;

2018 AVICC Resolution R30: Sustainability of West Coast Fisheries;

Whereas fisheries are an important economic driver for the Province of British Columbia; 
and whereas fisheries includes the commercial, indigenous, recreational and farmed aquaculture; 
Therefore be it resolved that the Province ensure that all decisions with regards to the management of all fisheries, and sustainability of our environment, are made based on current data, technology and science.

Resolutions that are passed at the AVICC AGM are then forwarded to the Union of BC Municipalities for consideration at their AGM. If passed at UBCM, the resolutions are forwarded to government for consideration.

BC Councils who work and live with BC salmon farmers, understand and appreciate how a modern-day operations raise and process salmon for market, and they see first-hand the positive impact of the business in their coastal communities. 

Our Letter Campaign helps coastal communities speak up for BC’s salmon farming industry by letting local Councilors and elected officials know how much the industry means to us as their constituents.

This is why we write letters and fight back to defend our industry: Be fish farm proud. Don't let activists in Victoria or Sooke try to take away your voice or your livelihood!