Cana­dian aqua­cul­ture reports solid growth

Fish Farmer - - World News -

CANADA’S seafood farm­ers pro­duced a solid year of sus­tain­able growth and many new jobs in 2016 ac­cord­ing to a new re­port from the Cana­dian Aqua­cul­ture In­dus­try Al­liance (CAIA).

The re­port, Sus­tain­able, Di­verse and Grow­ing – the State of Farmed Seafood in Canada 2017, shows rev­enues reached $1.35 bil­lion last year.

This con­trib­uted to an eco­nomic im­pact of $5.1 bil­lion, with the num­ber of peo­ple em­ployed to­talling 25,040, in­clud­ing in­dige­nous par­tic­i­pa­tion across the coun­try.

Re­leas­ing the re­port, Ti­mothy Kennedy, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of CAIA, said: ‘Canada’s seafood farm­ers have much to be proud of in 2017.

‘They are pro­duc­ing the high­est qual­ity farmed seafood, they are cre­at­ing year-round jobs, and they are open­ing new op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal in­dige- nous com­mu­ni­ties.

‘Farmed seafood in Canada is sus­tain­able, di­verse and grow­ing. We are play­ing a lead­er­ship role on en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship and cre­at­ing high value mid­dle class jobs. We are ex­cited by the fu­ture op­por­tu­ni­ties.’

The re­port pro­claims: ‘In 2016, Cana­dian farmed seafood pro­duc­tion and pro­cess­ing gen­er­ated a to­tal of over $5.1 bil­lion in eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity, $2 bil­lion in GDP, and $1.16 bil­lion in wages for 25,000 Cana­dian work­ers.

‘And much of these eco­nomic ben­e­fits oc­cur at the lo­cal, com­mu­nity level in Canada.’

Rev­enues in 2016 to­talled $1.347 bil­lion, up from $918 mil­lion in 2015, while farmed seafood pro­duc­tion was 200,565 tonnes – up from 190,111 in 2015. Ex­ports last year to­talled $1 bil­lion.

Kennedy added: ‘This re­port re­con­firms that farmed seafood in Canada is an in­creas­ingly im­por­tant food source, and that is why we sup­port the govern­ment of Canada’s lead­er­ship for a new fed­eral Aqua­cul­ture Act.

‘A new Act will en­able a vi­brant, re­spon­si­ble and sus­tain­able farmed seafood sec­tor in Canada for gen­er­a­tions to come. It will hold us to ac­count as we grow sus­tain­ably to meet fu­ture de­mand.’

Above: Farm on the Northum­ber­land Strait in New Brunswick, Canada

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