Something to think about: where stuff comes from

February 16, 2017 - Campbell River, B.C.

By Ian Roberts, Director of Public Affairs, Marine Harvest Canada

In a recent interview for a local paper, Port Hardy small business owner Dale Dorward remarked “…fish farms, the logging industry, the fishing industry. That’s the stuff that’s going on continuously up here. These people are the backbone around here.”

Every now and then we need to be reminded about our Province’s producing sector because 70 percent of British Columbians live in the lower mainland and on southern Vancouver Island – areas often isolated from industries that make “stuff” or that extract the stuff that makes stuff. Stuff like wood products, oil and gas, and minerals – that in turn produce houses, cars, roads, and computers.

Many, many North Islanders work in industries that provide the primary materials we use and grow the primary foods we consume.

The disconnect between producer and consumer is very evident in our business of salmon aquaculture. Most British Columbian’s haven’t had the opportunity to see a salmon farm or talk to a salmon farmer, and many of those same residents would be unaware that BC farm-raised salmon is the Province’s largest agriculture export. It’s an important export that is bringing new money back into our economy, and supporting families who live outside the core populous.