Setting Up Your Fish Farm Facilities In BC: What You Need to Know
$4 Billion. That is how much the salmon farming industry earns annually in Canada. So needless to say fish farming, or aquaculture, is a lucrative business, along with providing jobs to 14,500 Canadians, according to the British Columbia Salmon Farmers Association (BCSFA).
If you are looking to expand your fish farm facilities, using modular structures can help you create a customized farm in less time than traditional construction. Below we will give an overview of the fishing industry in British Columbia and how using a Britco structure can be beneficial to your business.
Consider Your Fish Farm Location
The type of fish farm you run — open or closed pens — and your location will affect your business expansion.
These are found offshore, in coastal areas or in freshwater lakes. With open pen farming, you’ll need a location close to the coast so you can keep an eye on your pens. However, you won’t need as much acreage since you will only be placing buildings on your site and not worrying about fish tanks.
Closed systems, or closed containment farming methods, use a barrier to control the exchange between farms and the natural environment.
With closed-pen farming, you’ll need acres of land to place the fish tanks and the tanks with extra water, as well as all your outbuildings. You will need to find an area that can fit everything and that is zoned for a fish farm facility.
Building Site Challenges
If your fish farm facilities are located in a harbour or coastal area, you will need buildings that can withstand the harsher environment. Harbour water usually contains more salt, which can be extremely damaging to structures. It can actually affect metals and buildings up to 50 miles inland.
Another building challenge to consider is your building site’s remoteness because that can cause issues with your farm facility expansion. The more remote your building site is, the harder it is going to be to get equipment and materials to the site. Since building supply shortages may still be an issue, hauling materials to remote locations can difficult and cause problems for your timeline.
Also, take note if there is rough terrain around your site. If building crews or delivery people have issues getting to your site, that can cost you more money and time.
How Can Britco Help?
As you’re designing your fish farm expansion, you’ll need to consider what facilities your team will need. Britco offers several different structures that can be helpful as you lay out your fish farm design.
Mobile offices are equipped with a frame and wheels, which makes them easily maneuverable. They may be safely parked in a location or moved around the farm. They work particularly well as a fish farm’s main office because of their portability over rough terrain, allowing them to be easily placed even in remote locations.
You need a place to keep financial records and other important documents and our portable structures also work well as administrative offices or temporary office spaces. A portable structure isn’t on wheels or a skid—they are placed onsite on various-height blocks. Having that semi-permanent space helps you keep everything organized and secure.
No matter how careful you are, accidents happen. And you need to be prepared for them when they do. Even though you may take all the necessary precautions, having a first aid office is essential. Britco offers a first aid office that can be set up directly on your property.
Storage is something that is always in short supply. Having smart, efficient storage is valuable. Our container offices are solid steel boxes with steel screens over the windows with steel lockboxes over the doors. They also are delivered with optional bracket-mounted shelving, which is useful to store tools or fish feed.
A container office can also be used as a security building or administrative office. You can store sensitive documents, valuable equipment, and other important items, like work tools, and keep them secure when you aren’t there.
You might have a specific idea of what exactly you need from your modular structure that isn’t a typical design. If that’s the case, a custom modular building might be perfect for you. Our specialty modular buildings provide you with a customizable and affordable option that can be fitted to your needs in size, appearance, layout, and materials.
Why Work With Britco?
Just like not all businesses are the same, not all modular structures are the same. There are several benefits to using a Britco modular structure that differentiate us from our competitors.
Built To Code and Safety Standards
It’s essential to be compliant with the most recent Canadian National Model Codes, especially when food safety is involved.
Fortunately, you don’t have to worry when you're building a fish farm using Britco structures. All our modular structures are built in adherence to all current safety standards and codes, so you can have them delivered and set up knowing that building safety is taken care of.
Quick Delivery and Assembly
Fish farm facilities aren’t always located in town centres. In fact, they are mostly located in rural areas. At Britco we are used to working in rugged terrain and even taking these challenges into account, our process is still faster than a traditional build.
Another benefit of choosing a modular structure is that fabrication and site prep takes place at the same time, shortening the installation schedule. And weather delays aren’t an issue since our buildings are built in a factory setting. This can keep your fish farm construction on schedule and an additional benefit of this method is that your structure is also environmentally friendly.
When you’re thinking about your fish farm design and construction, wouldn’t it be nice to find a structure that you can customize while it is being built?
With a Britco modular structure, you can choose an open-concept layout. You can customize the cabinetry to create built-ins for feed or other tools. Then you won’t need to worry about additional storage.
Looking for the best modular structure for your fish farm facilities? Contact our team today for a quote.
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