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Focus on Research, Regulation Praised by Salmon Farmers

25 March 2013

CANADA - Federal funds earmarked for more research and better regulation will help British Columbia’s salmon farming community and the continued protection of wild salmon stocks and habitat, said the British Columbia Salmon Farmers Association.

“We’re glad to see the federal government focus on regulatory certainty for our farmers,” said Mary Ellen Walling, Executive Director. “Improvements here will not only provide more security in our sector, but will ensure that the highest standards are being set for our operations.”

The federal government released its draft 2013 budget 21 March, which included a nearly C$58-million contribution to regulation, research and monitoring/reporting work for the aquaculture industry.

Government also acknowledged the opportunities Canada has to be a world leader in meeting growing demands for seafood.

“It is good to see recognition from the Government of Canada of the importance of our work now and the need to maintain sustainable development into the future,” said Ms Walling.

Since 2010, the BC salmon farming industry has been regulated under the Fisheries Act. Because the act was drafted for wild fisheries, there are challenges to applying it to aquaculture. BC’s salmon farmers have been advocating for more appropriate legislation that will provide certainty to the industry, and assurance to the general public.

“We are proud of the work our farmers are doing and the contributions they make to local communities – that can increase with the kind of attention laid out in this budget,” said Ms Walling.

The BCSFA represents salmon farm companies and those who supply services and supplies to the industry. Salmon-farming provides for 6,000 direct and indirect jobs while contributing C$800-million to the provincial economy each year.


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