Poseidon Ocean Systems

OVERVIEW

Campbell River is the epicentre of the global aquaculture industry on Canada’s West Coast. It hosts the headquarters of three major farmed-salmon producers: Cermaq Canada, Mowi Canada West and Grieg Seafood BC. The aquaculture industry employs more than 400 people in Campbell River alone (source: Statistics Canada, 2016 Census), with hundreds more employed from smaller communities on the North Island. In 2018, BC’s seafood sector—which includes aquaculture and commercial fi shing operations—generated sales with a landed value of $1.29 billion (Source: Fast Stats 2018: British Columbia’s Agriculture, Food and Seafood Sector). Leading environmental and health practices are being implemented in our waters when it comes to salmon production, and strong relationships with First Nations remain a guiding principle across the industry.

LOCAL BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT

Campbell River is a small city, and our business and industry leaders are also a tight-knit community. The local aquaculture sector shares customers, suppliers and industry insights in order to maintain global competitiveness and continue pushing the industry forward. 

All major players are also represented at the provincial level by the BC Salmon Farmers Association (BCSFA) and the BC Shellfi sh Growers Association. These entities act as liaisons between industry and government, ensuring a transparent business environment that is focused on sustainability, transparency and communication.

MUNICIPAL SUPPORT

The City of Campbell River recognizes the signifi cance of the aquaculture industry to our region, our residents and our local businesses. Support is routinely offered through several municipal departments and players, such as the Economic Development Offi cer.

Communication and collaborative projects with provincial and federal bodies, in support of local aquaculture, continue to be top priorities of our municipal government.

LAND & REAL ESTATE

Aside from premium sea-site access, Campbell River can accommodate all of the land-use needs that our growing aquaculture sector requires, such as: 

  • manufacturing and other heavy industrial uses
  • light industrial R&D or environmental services
  • transportation facilities for shipping product around the world
  • office space or administration
  • technical support functions

Transportation

Well-connected highway system with the rest of Vancouver Island, including accessible highways to rural and remote North Island communities

Upgraded local airport with capacity for freight and passenger growth

Ocean shipping and towing routes, both northbound and southbound, with high-capacity dock facilities and several local tugboat operators


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Salmon farming generates approximately 7,000 jobs in B.C

  • Five aquaculture employers are based in Campbell River, including three international producers: Cermaq, Mowi and Grieg Seafood.
  • Aquaculture-supporting companies—such as engineering firms, equipment suppliers and manufacturing outfits—now base their companies here to ensure mutual growth and improve local economic development.
  • Farm-raised salmon is BC’s main agricultural export, with an economic impact of more than $1.5 billion. (Source: BCSFA, Raising Opportunity: Sustainability Report 2019)

Communications

Aquaculture companies and support industries require access to strong communications infrastructure, due in large part to the off-grid locations of their operations.

  • CRadvantage is our municipally owned, enterprise-level, fi bre-optic broadband network. It currently connects the downtown core, with room to expand to other areas in the future.
  • Internet providers offer competitive rates for high-volume data needs.
  • Telus invested $1.5 million to improve cell phone service on rural Highway 19A in 2016.

Education/Training Opportunities

Campbell River has access to several quality post-secondary institutions, all within 300 kms. Local and island-based education centres maintain strong partnerships with local employers and industry leaders, helping students fi nd excellent job opportunities in their communities.

Aquaculture programs offered locally include:

  • Aquaculture Technician Certificate
  • Aquaculture Technician Diploma
  • Hatchery Operations Certificate
  • Shellfish Aquaculture Technician Certificate

Opportunities also exist to access education for support services such as engineering, bookkeeping, human resources and business management.

What's New
Jan 02, 2020 2019 Year-in-Review
Nov 01, 2018 New marine habitat
Nov 02, 2017 CRadvantage goes live!
Jul 25, 2017 Chalkfest returns!
Jun 30, 2017 Celebrate Canada Day!
Jan 09, 2017 2016 Year-in-Review
Dec 20, 2016 Tourism update!
Nov 16, 2016 Fire Chief for a Day
Oct 11, 2016 Afternoon garage fire
Sep 20, 2013 Walk-ability Survey
Sep 20, 2013 Tidemark grant in aid
Sep 21, 2013 ECAP
Sep 21, 2013 George Paul Passing
Sep 21, 2013 MyCity info update
Sep 21, 2013 Seed saving
Oct 08, 2013 Fire Prevention Week
Feb 24, 2014 Roads Update
Sep 24, 2014 Fall Fire Safety
Dec 18, 2014 Fawn Rd. house fire
Feb 06, 2015 Fire crews kept busy
Feb 26, 2015 Mobile home fire
Jun 26, 2015 New art summer camps
Dec 04, 2015 Storm Warning!
Jan 04, 2016 Jan. 1 City Currents
Jan 07, 2016 New Robron Field open!