What We Do

The BC shellfish industry will be an innovative, competitive economic sector that is a world leader in sustainable shellfish culture.


To advance the sustainable growth and prosperity of the BC shellfish industry in a global economy by providing leadership, communication and advocacy to members, government, the public and other stakeholders while maintaining and improving the integrity of the marine environment.

Advancing the sustainable growth and prosperity of the BC shellfish industry
The goals of the BCSGA are:
  • To build effective support structures and relationships among industry stakeholders.

  • To ensure a secure business climate that promotes greater investment and Profits.

  • To increase the growth and diversity of opportunities for the shellfish industry.

  • To ensure scientific research and technological development is industry-driven

  • To ensure that the BC Shellfish Growers Association will be a strong, representative industry association

Other priorities of the Association include:
  • Support of water quality activities, programs and advocacy

  • Support of the implementation of industry based Environment Management System Code of Practice

  • Development of o generic marketing program for BC shellfish

  • Consistent regulations of both the federal and provincial level

  • Development of on farm food safety programs for quality assurance

  • Support of the Centre for Shellfish Research

Our History

The British Columbia Shellfish Growers’ Association (BCSGA) has been the voice of BC’s shellfish farming industry for almost 60 years.

  • 1948 - The BC Oyster Grower's Association is formed.

  • 1990 - The BC Oyster Grower's Association changes its name to the BC Shellfish Growers' Association.

  • The Association is a non-profit organization that represents approximately 70% of shellfish farmers in British Columbia as well as processors, industry suppliers and service providers related to the industry.

  • We are funded solely through membership fees and project revenue.

What We Do

The BCSGA's day-to-day operations are managed by our
Executive Director, Nico Prins, who is led by our elected Board of Directors.

Todd Russell - President
Island Scallops

Qualicum Beach

Brian Yip – Vice President
Fanny Bay Oysters

Union Bay

Gordy McLellan – Treasurer
Mac’s Oysters

Fanny Bay

JP Hastey
Nova Harvest


Sean Reid
Odyssey Shellfish


Alex Munro
Raincoast Sea Farms


Dave Ritchie
Bold Point Shellfish Company

Quadra Island

Steve Pocock
Sawmill Bay Shellfish

Read Island

Bretton Hills
Ondine Ocean Farm

Powell River

The BCSGA membership elects its Board of Directors to serve a two-year term at its Annual General Meeting in October. Half the Board is elected in odd-numbered years and the other half is elected in even-numbered years. Nominations are open to all Association members in good standing. Board meetings are held monthly (except August).

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