On March 1st and 2nd, the BCSFA hosted its second annual Collaborations on the Coast workshop at the Vancouver Island Conference Center in Nanaimo. Over the two days, a variety of representatives from the industry, scientific community, government, and conservation groups came together to discuss, share and review research concerning B.C.’s coastal environment and its wild marine species. The workshop focused on improving the industry’s understanding of both wild and farm-raised fish health, as well as the changing coastal environment.
A total of 17 speakers presented on a range of diverse topics, including updates on projects funded through the BSCFA Marine Environmental Research Program (MERP). Leading experts in the field of fisheries and aquaculture provided insight into the current research being conducted, including pacific salmon migration and survival, wild and farmed salmon interactions and sea lice management.
Attendees had several opportunities to network with each other while enjoying a range of appetizing dishes, including the candied salmon and Sablefish cakes that were served at Wednesday night’s reception.
Science Advisory Council member, Tony Farrell, rounded out the workshop with a positive summary of the industry’s direction and MERP’s research priorities for 2017. The contributions from all speakers continued to build the foundations for a sustainable and healthier future for B.C.
BCSFA would like to thank all speakers and participants that attended this year’s event.
To learn more about BCSFA’s Marine Environmental Research Program and its current projects visit our website.