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StatsCan aquaculture numbers show fall in BC wages, salaries

Statistics Canada released new data on aquaculture showing that in 2010, gross outputs increased in B.C. but salaries and wages fell by 12 per cent compared to 2009. Nationally, the fall was 7 per cent.

The table for B.C.'s aquaculture shows gross outputs for the province's aquaculture industry totalled $57,580,000 in 2010, up sharply from $463,240,000 in 2009. Salaries and wages in 2009 were at $66,500,000 but fell to $58,500,000 in 2010.

On a national basis, StatsCan reported a similar rise in gross output, from $887,150,000 in 2009 to $1,077,585,000 in 2010. Salaries and wages also fell across the industry from $114,350,000 in 2009 to $106,200,000 in 2010 -- a drop of 7 per cent.

The data did not explain the reasons for the fall in income for workers in the aquaculture industry.

Crawford Kilian is a contributing editor of The Tyee.

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