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Aquaculture Study

In the fall of 2018, Tides Canada Foundation and Ritchie Foundation approached the Fraser Basin Council to commission an independent analysis of the economic impacts of a land-based salmon aquaculture industry on Vancouver Island, based on Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) technology.

Dr. Edwin Blewett, a respected resource economist and principal of Counterpoint Consulting Inc. of Vancouver, was contracted by FBC to undertake the analysis, which was informed by several aquaculture experts in industry and government.

The report, RAS Atlantic Salmon Industry on Vancouver Island Financial Model & Economic Impact Analysis, has been forwarded to a consultant undertaking a broader study of aquaculture technologies being led by Fisheries and Oceans Canada in collaboration with the BC Ministry of Agriculture.

For more information, please contact:
C: 604 351-9296.

Our Vision

Social well-being supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.

About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in the Fraser River Basin and throughout BC. Established in 1997, FBC is a collaboration of four orders of government (federal, provincial, local and First Nations) along with those from the private sector and civil society. We work with people in multiple sectors, helping them find collaborative solutions to today’s issues through a commitment to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. Our focus is on healthy water and watersheds, action on climate change and air quality and strong, resilient communities and regions.

FBC Project and
Partner Sites

Plug in BC:


ReTooling for Climate Change:

FBC Youth:

Climate Action Toolkit: 

Salmon-Safe BC

Contact Us

FBC has offices in Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake and Prince George. We also have staff located in Abbotsford and Vernon.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff.

Our main office is:

Fraser Basin Council
1st Floor, 470 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

T: 604 488-5350
F: 604 488-5351

We are grateful at the Fraser Basin Council Society to live and work on the unceded ancestral
territories of the Indigenous Nations of British Columbia.