MPS call for fisheries department to stop promoting salmon farms
The federal NDP and Green party renewed their push for Ottawa to do away with what they call conflicting mandates at Fisheries and Oceans Canada after the department refused to release the names of salmon farms charged with infractions since 2016.
In response to an access to information request, the department released documents to the Star this month that show farms were investigated, warned and, in two cases, charged for failing to follow the rules of either the Fisheries Act or their licences. The names of all companies involved were concealed.
“It just shows that they’re not willing to be fully transparent,” said Fin Donnelly, a B.C. member of Parliament and the NDP’S fisheries critic.
The problem, he said, is the dual mandate that tasks the department with both promoting the salmon-farming industry and protecting wild salmon.
“You’ve got this conflict that exists and so the department is often torn,” Donnelly said. The full story at thestar.com/vancouver
Critics say Fisheries and Oceans Canada has a conflicting mandate.