B.C.’s fresh and diverse seafood
products took centre stage during the annual BC Shellfish and Seafood Festival in Comox Valley. The two-week event brought together award winning chefs, seafood producers and international buyers to the region, eager to learn more about the various seafood varieties British Columbia has become known for.
British Columbia’s trade and investment team, along with the Comox Valley Economic Development Society,
worked together to bring together international buyers, media and members from B.C.’s international trade and representative offices to see firsthand the variety of seafood available in the Comox Valley area of Vancouver Island.
International participants were able to tour processing facilities and sample the products of several seafood producers in the region, including:
- Campbell River-based company that processes wild or farmed fish, halibut, black cod, white sturgeon, tuna, oysters, mussels, prawns.
- shellfish and aquaculture company owned by the K’omoks First Nation.
- Courtenay, B.C. -based company that pioneered the wild geoduck clam and sea cucumber fishery in British Columbia.
British Columbia’s prime fishing grounds, world-famous salmon-rearing rivers, and pristine ocean farming areas produce a rich and varied harvest of finfish, groundfish, and shellfish. The Comox Valley is the largest producer of shellfish in British Columbia, and the largest producer of oysters in Canada.
The cornerstones of British Columbia’s seafood industry- food safety, traceability and sustainability practices - have earned the industry an international reputation for safe, reliable, and top quality seafood products. British Columbia now has six species in 13 fisheries approved to display the Marine Stewardship Council label: halibut, hake, albacore tuna, sockeye salmon, chum salmon, and pink salmon. The MSC certification process is the only approach which is fully compliant with the provisions of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization Guidelines for Fisheries Eco-Certification.
For more information on British Columbia’s diverse seafood industry please contact one of our International Trade and Investment Representatives.