Welcome to a virtual tour of a Marine Harvest Canada salmon farm. Move your mouse over any of the hotspots below to get more information and a brief video.
Salmon are checked regularly by fish health technicians and a veterinarian to ensure they are healthy.
Cage systems are specially designed and anchored for rough weather and strong tidal flow. Each system is authorized by a certified engineer.
Inside a Pen
The salmon have lots of room to swim. They are contained within a square or circular net that is typically 30 metres wide and up to 30 metres deep.
The farmer will feed the salmon one meal each day. The feed is a nutritious diet that keeps each salmon healthy. Each meal is monitored by underwater cameras to ensure the salmon are full and no feed is wasted.
In less than three years, the salmon weigh about 5.5 kilograms (12 pounds). They are harvested, placed immediately on ice and sent to our processing plant for packaging.
Staff live on site in floating houses that have all the luxuries of home; laundry facilities, television, phone and internet.
Each net pen is set up by professional scuba divers who attach heavy anchors to the net. This ensures the nets keep their shape in strong ocean currents.
Feed is stored on site in large floating sheds. Staff account for each kilogram of feed daily.
Ocean bottom monitoring
The ocean floor is constantly monitored and analyzed by biologists to ensure it remains healthy.
Traveling to some of the most beautiful parts of British Columbia, staff arrive at the site in a covered crew boat.