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Working Lives Vancouver: Salmon farmer

Lauren Edgar is someone who, quite literally, sleeps with the fishes.

As a salmon farmer with Marine Harvest, the world's largest provider of farmed salmon, her office is the ocean.

More specifically, it's in a floating house surrounded by jumping salmon and fir-tree covered mountains, where she spends eight days at a time feeding the millions of Atlantic salmon she has watched grow from egg to energetic adulthood.

"It feels like such an accomplishment when you get to the end there and you've got these big fish, ready to go to market," she says.

At 26, she's one of the company's youngest salmon farmers. Both her grandfather and her father were fishermen and farmers back in her hometown of Klemtu - where the Kitasoo/Xai'xais First Nations community, of which Lauren is a member, is based.

Salmon, both farmed and wild, has long powered the economy of British Columbia and Vancouver, and it remains the region's largest agricultural export. Ms Edgar now can't imagine a life without it.

"If I wasn't farming, I really don't know what I'd be doing," she says with a laugh.