**The Herring Reduction Plant will be closed September 26 to October 1, 2021 to be set up for the Halloween installation of The Haunted Sea, which will be on display in the this space until November 7, 2021**

Learn about the Pacific Herring, the “fish that feeds the coast”, and how this important west coast resource led to the transformation of the Cannery into a Herring Reduction Plant.

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Learn about the Pacific Herring, the “fish that feeds the coast”, and how this important west coast resource led to the transformation of the Cannery into a Herring Reduction Plant.

The Gulf of Georgia Cannery stopped canning salmon in the 1930s, gradually changing its operations to herring canning, reducing the waste into profitable fish oil and fish meal. By 1940, it was fast becoming the largest reduction plant in the province. The Herring Reduction Plant was in operation until 1979, when it closed due to modernization of the process and centralization of the operations.

Today, you can walk among the massive equipment of this 6,500 sq. ft. exhibit, left just as it was when the plant closed, and discover how each machine worked to transform herring into fish oil and fish meal, leaving no waste of this precious resource.

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