Thinking of joining the BCSGA?

The British Columbia Shellfish Growers Association (BCSGA) is committed to communication and collaboration. As the voice of our membership, we provide a conduit to share information within the shellfish farming industry, interact with regulatory bodies and industry stakeholders, and shape our industry.

Our members include shellfish farmers, shellfish processors and companies that supply and support the industry. Under the umbrella of the BCSGA, we are better able to influence change, educate and engage with government and public sector to seek out and implement continuous improvement initiatives.

Members of the BCSGA benefit from networking opportunities as well as from the advocacy, assistance, knowledge and community that can only be provided by belonging to British Columbia’s largest shellfish growers’ association. Here are a few more reasons you might want to join the BCSGA.

Member Benefits

  1. Discounted rates on Extended Health Benefits

  2. Discounted rates for Liability Insurance

  3. Blanked bond coverage to meet requirements (Ministry of Water, Land and Resource Stewardship) for a security deposit/bond on shellfish tenures

  4. Networking at the industry functions/events

  5. Sector-specific business & technical training

  6. Free classified listings on the BCSGA website

  7. Certification in the Vancouver Aquarium's Ocean Wise program for raising a sustainable food product in a sustainable manner

  8. Ability to post your job openings on the BCSGA website free of charge

  9. Industry representation at the government, regulator, consumer and general public levels

  10. Promotion of shellfish products at trade shows, culinary events, festivals, and so on

  11. Email notifications and updates on industry-specific topics

  12. Representational support on topics of interest to the shellfish industry

  13. Information about new technical advances in the industry, new legislation, and marketing opportunities

Member companies who supply and support the industry can have their logo and contact information listed on the suppliers’ page of our website. There may also be opportunities to connect at annual meetings and BCSGA-supported functions to raise your company’s visibility amongst the membership.
Members of the BCSGA benefit from networking opportunities as well as from the advocacy, assistance, knowledge and community that can only be provided by belonging to British Columbia’s largest shellfish growers’ association. Here are a few more reasons you might want to join the BCSGA.

Become a Member

The base membership is $500 per year (September 1 to August 31). Membership
fees increase, based on the number of hectares farmed, if you avail yourself of the
blanket bond coverage.

Recent Announcements

Campbell River Foreshore Clean-up (Dahl Road to the Maritime Heritage Centre)

Campbell River Foreshore Clean-up (Dahl Road to the Maritime Heritage Centre)

Any operation in a dynamic marine environment is challenging and this is a trial that shellfish growers face daily, highlighted by a recent incident. On Tuesday evening (December 14), a tugboat moving mussel rafts, contracted by Fanny Bay Oysters, was forced to release a load when weather conditions threatened the safety of the boat and […]

BCSGA launches Shellfish Farm Environmental Program (or SHEP)

BCSGA launches Shellfish Farm Environmental Program (or SHEP)

At the Annual General Meeting in October 2020 there was near universal support from the membership for moving forward with the SHEP initiative.  SHEP is a BCSGA led initiative aimed at improving the environmental performance of the membership.  SHEP is needed because despite the best efforts of DFO, WLRS and the BCSGA, debris from shellfish […]

BC Seafood Festival a Huge Success

BC Seafood Festival a Huge Success

This year’s events boasted hundreds of international and local delegates,world-class chefs, fantastic speakers and presentations, and countless business networking opportunities. To top it off, the Comox Valley welcomed visitors with beautiful sunny weather all week long. BC Seafood ExpoThe BC Seafood Expo attracted suppliers, qualified domestic and international buyers, distributors, producers, industry leaders and government […]