Grieg Seafood’s farm sites in Canada are located on the east and west
coast of Vancouver Island, and on the mainland north of Vancouver in
Grieg Seafood started farming in Canada in 2001 in Esperanza Inlet on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The company’s activities have expanded, with farm sites now located in Nootka Sound, on the east coast of Vancouver Island, and on the Sunshine Coast.
All our farms are reached and serviced via small coastal communities. Gold River (population 1,200) on Vancouver Island’s west coast, is home to our freshwater hatchery and also serves as the main staging area for our production in that region. The village is renowned for its sport fishing, majestic scenery, and friendly people. More than 25 local residents work in our hatchery, and our operations help support the tourism and marine transportation sectors as well. It takes a full day to travel to this region from BC’s largest city, Vancouver, but thepristine waters and superior farming conditions are well worth the effort.
Our operations on the Sunshine Coast include farming Atlantic and Coho salmon. We also have a small processing facility in Egmont. Located 120 km northwest of Vancouver, our farms and processing facility seasonally employ over 50 people from the surrounding communities. This sparsely populated region is famous for its gorgeous isolated bays and inlets nestled in the Coast Mountains.
The farms may be located in remote fjords, but our company’s close proximity to the US, Canadian, and Asian markets allows this production region to directly supply these markets and ensures that there is no compromise in delivering the freshest fish to our customers. Grieg Seafood has a crucial proximity to the American market, with transport costs $1-1.70 lower per kg than our Chilean competitors.
Grieg Seafood BC Ltd. holds 21 farm licenses, has its own hatchery in Gold River, and owns a small processing plant on BC’s Sunshine Coast, in Egmont. During peak production times we employ approximately 130 people, most of whom live in communities far from British Columbia’s large urban centres.