Aquaculture in Canada’s westernmost province has lost one of its most dedicated voices. After eleven years, Mary Ellen Walling stepped down from her position as Executive Director of the BC Salmon Farmers Association, effective December 31, 2013.
Among the highlights of Walling’s years at the helm are the development of a viral management plan, guiding the transition in the regulatory framework from one level of government to another, consolidation in the industry, and increased focus on developing partnerships with First Nations.
Walling is particularly proud of the development of certification programs and the subsequent adoption of them.
“This year ,” noted Walling, “the BCSFA board has approved a five-year strategic plan. It will position the industry well for the future and makes an excellent timing for the end of my term.”
– Quentin Dodd