B.C. oyster farmers receive "seed" funds
The B.C. government and the BC Shellfish Growers Association's (BCSGA) are out to ensure B.C. oysters are available this summer and beyond.
Over 100 oyster farmers along BC's coast are receiving $10,000 from the Oyster Recovery Fund to reseed their oyster beds.
About one-third of the farms receiving support are in Baynes Sound, with others near Cortes Island, Okeover Inlet, Lemmens Inlet, Barkley Sound and Nanoose Bay.
Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham, says restocking supports ongoing oyster production, as well as employment and economic activity in oyster farming communities.
The fund has provided a total of $860,000 in oyster seed support.