Gov­ern­ment of Canada an­nounces new way for­ward on aqua­cul­ture man­age­ment and the pro­tec­tion of wild salmon

The McLeod River Post - - Family, Farm & Garden -

Global de­mand for fish and seafood as a high-pro­tein food source has in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly in the last decades. This de­mand is pro­jected to fur­ther in­crease as the world’s pop­u­la­tion con­tin­ues to grow. Com­bined with un­prece­dented pres­sures on many global fish stocks in our oceans, it is clear the world needs aqua­cul­ture.

Canada’s aqua­cul­ture in­dus­try gen­er­ates thou­sands of good mid­dle-class jobs, mostly in coastal, ru­ral and Indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties. The sec­tor pro­vides high qual­ity Cana­dian prod­ucts to mar­kets around the world.

As Canada moves to seize the eco­nomic op­por­tu­nity pre­sented by the aqua­cul­ture sec­tor, the Gov­ern­ment of Canada, in part­ner­ship with prov­inces and ter­ri­to­ries, in­dus­try, indige­nous part­ners, en­vi­ron­men­tal groups and other stake­hold­ers, must work to­gether to en­sure we have an eco­nom­i­cally vi­able and en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able path for­ward.

To­day, the Gov­ern­ment of Canada is an­nounc­ing that we are mov­ing for­ward with a suite of ini­tia­tives that will en­sure that our aqua­cul­ture sec­tor is eco­nom­i­cally suc­cess­ful and en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able. Key ini­tia­tives in our re­newed ap­proach in­clude:

• A study on the al­ter­na­tive tech­nolo­gies for aqua­cul­ture, in­clud­ing land and sea-based closed con­tain­ment tech­nol­ogy. This will en­able us to de­ter­mine gaps that limit com­mer­cial readi­ness and help to in­form fu­ture tech­nol­ogy de­vel­op­ment ef­forts. The study will be con­ducted in part­ner­ship with Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Tech­nol­ogy Canada and the Prov­ince of British Columbia.

• Mov­ing to­wards an area-based ap­proach to aqua­cul­ture man­age­ment – to en­sure that en­vi­ron­men­tal, so­cial and eco­nomic fac­tors are taken into con­sid­er­a­tion when iden­ti­fy­ing po­ten­tial ar­eas for aqua­cul­ture de­vel­op­ment – in­clud­ing con­sid­er­a­tions re­lat­ing to mi­gra­tion path­ways for wild salmon.

• De­vel­op­ing a frame­work for aqua­cul­ture risk man­age­ment, based on the pre­cau­tion­ary ap­proach, which will en­sure the sus­tain­able man­age­ment of aqua­cul­ture, and will be the over­ar­ch­ing frame­work for fu­ture poli­cies. We will work with, prov­inces, ter­ri­to­ries, Indige­nous peo­ples, stake­hold­ers and the sci­en­tific com­mu­nity.

• Cre­at­ing a sin­gle com­pre­hen­sive set of reg­u­la­tions, the Gen­eral Aqua­cul­ture Reg­u­la­tions. This will bring more clar­ity for in­dus­try, stake­hold­ers and the Cana­dian pub­lic about how aqua­cul­ture is man­aged for re­spon­si­ble growth in Canada.

These mea­sures will change the way aqua­cul­ture is done in Canada – by es­tab­lish­ing a more holis­tic ap­proach to the man­age­ment of aqua­cul­ture, cre­at­ing more jobs and pro­tect­ing our en­vi­ron­ment.

Ear­lier this year, our Gov­ern­ment asked Canada’s Chief Sci­ence Ad­vi­sor, Dr. Mona Ne­mer to ex­am­ine, by lead­ing an ex­pert panel, how we can strengthen aqua­cul­ture sci­ence and how it in­forms de­ci­sion-mak­ing.

The ini­tia­tives an­nounced to­day fol­low last week’s meet­ing of the Cana­dian Coun­cil for Fish­eries and Aqua­cul­ture Min­is­ters (CCFAM) in St. John’s, New­found­land, where Min­is­ters agreed to the de­vel­op­ment of a fed­eral Aqua­cul­ture Act that will en­hance sec­tor trans­parency, fa­cil­i­tate the adop­tion of best prac­tices and pro­vide greater con­sis­tency and cer­tainty for in­dus­try.

The Gov­ern­ment of Canada will con­tinue to work closely with pro­vin­cial and ter­ri­to­rial gov­ern­ments on aqua­cul­ture man­age­ment as we help seek to grow the sec­tor in an en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able man­ner across the coun­try.

The Gov­ern­ment of Canada is com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing that Cana­di­ans can and will have con­fi­dence in the en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity of our aqua­cul­ture sec­tor as we pur­sue the tremen­dous eco­nomic op­por­tu­nity that this sec­tor rep­re­sents.

“The Gov­ern­ment of Canada is com­mit­ted to mak­ing aqua­cul­ture more ef­fec­tive, ef­fi­cient and en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able. To­gether, with Indige­nous, en­vi­ron­men­tal and in­dus­try part­ners, we will lead the way to­wards a more pros­per­ous and sus­tain­able aqua­cul­ture in­dus­try.”

The Hon­ourable Jonathan Wilkin­son, Min­is­ter of Fish­eries, Oceans and the

Cana­dian Coast Guard

“The de­vel­op­ment of aqua­cul­ture poli­cies that in­clude Indige­nous, sci­en­tific and seafood pro­ducer per­spec­tives are im­por­tant steps to mak­ing sure the peo­ple work­ing in our coastal com­mu­ni­ties have long-term op­por­tu­ni­ties in sus­tain­able aqua­cul­ture pro­duc­tion, and that our nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment and wild species are not placed at risk. I sup­port the col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach that is be­ing adopted and the recog­ni­tion that al­ter­na­tive tech­nolo­gies have a role to play in the growth of sus­tain­able aqua­cul­ture in British Columbia.”

The Hon­ourable Lana Popham, Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture of British Columbia

“Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Tech­nol­ogy Canada looks for­ward to work­ing with the Depart­ment of Fish­eries and Oceans Canada and the Prov­ince of British Columbia to deepen our un­der­stand­ing of new aqua­cul­ture pro­duc­tion tech­nolo­gies, in­clud­ing sen­sor and data tech­nolo­gies, which will en­hance the sus­tain­able growth of the Canada’s aqua­cul­ture in­dus­try.”

Leah Lawrence, Pres­i­dent and CEO, Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Tech­nol­ogy Canada

Quick Facts

• In line with sup­port­ing in­no­va­tion, the Gov­ern­ment of Canada helps busi­nesses in­cor­po­rate ex­ist­ing clean tech­nolo­gies into their day-to-day op­er­a­tions through the Fish­eries and Aqua­cul­ture Clean Tech­nol­ogy Adop­tion Pro­gram. The pro­gram pro­vides fish­eries and aqua­cul­ture in­dus­tries up to $20 mil­lion for clean tech­nol­ogy use over four years.

• In Novem­ber 2018, the Gov­ern­ment of Canada and the prov­ince of British Columbia an­nounced work to de­velop the British Columbia Salmon Restora­tion and In­no­va­tion Fund. Canada will con­trib­ute over $100 mil­lion in fed­eral fund­ing over six years, and pro­vin­cial fund­ing will be an­nounced in the com­ing months.

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