FEDS DE­VEL­OP­ING AQUACULTURE STAN­DARDS

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Ot­tawa plans to de­velop leg­is­la­tion aimed at giv­ing the coun­try’s aquaculture sec­tor a boost. Fish­eries Min­is­ter Jonathan Wilkin­son said the pro­posed Aquaculture Act would give clar­ity to the in­dus­try and set con­sis­tent na­tional stan­dards around things like trans­parency. “It al­lows us to dis­cuss things like best prac­tices and en­sure that we’re do­ing ev­ery­thing that we can to both grow the in­dus­try but to en­sure that it’s done in an en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able way,’’ Wilkin­son said. Fed­eral en­vi­ron­ment com­mis­sioner Julie Gelfand is­sued a re­port this year warn­ing of the dis­ease risk that farmed fish pose to wild salmon, find­ing that Fish­eries and Oceans Canada had not ad­e­quately bal­anced the in­dus­try’s risks with its man­date to pro­tect wild fish.

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