FEDS DEVELOPING AQUACULTURE STANDARDS
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.