The British Columbia government and North Island College (NIC) have partnered on a new $600,000 labour-market project that will boost aquaculture in B.C. and help residents become aquaculture technicians in the future.
This innovative, three-year project is led by NIC in collaboration with B.C.’s key seafood industry partners, and it includes:
- the development of advanced levels of aquaculture technician training;
- different training delivery models;
- prior learning and skills assessment/recognition model; and
- a marketing strategy to promote aquaculture careers to First Nations, high school students and local job seekers.
This project started in February this year, and is expected to finish in spring 2020. The project committee will develop curriculum as well as materials for aquaculture technician training levels 3 and 4, with the goal to pilot the new courses in 2018 and 2019 to 40 students at its Campbell River campus.
Over the last decade, B.C. has been one of the world's largest producers of cultured Atlantic salmon.
- In 2015, B.C. led the nation in sales of farmed salmon, halibut, wild salmon, wild clams, rockfish, farmed oysters, tuna, hake, farmed clams, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, skate, dogfish and squid.
- In 2015:
- B.C. exported $1.1 billion worth of seafood.
- Seafood sales reached $867.4 million (including $370.2 million in wild seafood and $497.2 million in farmed seafood).
- 255,000 tonnes of seafood were harvested (159,000t of wild seafood and 96,000t of farmed seafood).