On August 20th we held a tour for some of the elders and the younger generations from Alert Bay. We held the tour in an effort to get to know each other and to give them an opportunity to see our operations up close and personal. We began by watching the staff at Swanson do a fish health sample to allow everyone to see the fish up close. We described the fundamentals of growing fish according to “Law of the Farm” and everyone took a look through the underwater camera to see the fish schooling in the pens.
Next we went to Potts Bay farm site to look at the large parent (brood) fish. Diana Pickwick explained the brood process to all of us and from there we went to Midsummer farm site for a BBQ lunch.
After lunch we went out to look at the Midsummer fish and Dean Nelson demonstrated one of our new MPI net cleaners. We showed them how these cleaners have enabled us to eliminate having to use anti-foulant on our nets and have helped increase oxygen levels in the pens which ultimately reduces the fish’s time in sea. On our way back to Alert Bay we traveled over to a bay just South of Telegraph Cove to watch dozens of killer whales feasting on the abundant salmon in the area.
It was a great opportunity to get to meet more people from The Bay. We certainly appreciate that they would take the time to come and visit us and our operations. Lots of good questions were asked and we had some very interesting discussions. We look forward to holding more tours for the elders from Alert Bay.
Submitted by Kelly Osborne, Production Manager – Broughton