MPS call for fish­eries de­part­ment to stop pro­mot­ing sal­mon farms

StarMetro Vancouver - - VANCOUVER - AINSLIE CRUICK­SHANK

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

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Crit­ics say Fish­eries and Oceans Canada has a con­flict­ing man­date.

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