Canada backs new Aqua­cul­ture Act

Fish Farmer - - World News -

FISH farm­ers in Canada have thrown their weight be­hind pro­pos­als for a na­tional Aqua­cul­ture Act, the first of its kind in the coun­try.

The Cana­dian Aqua­cul­ture In­dus­try Al­liance said the move, by the Se­nate Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of Fish­eries and Oceans, will recog­nise seafood pro­duc­ers as farm­ers.

‘It will also re­sult in an open, ac­count­able and trans­par­ent reg­u­la­tory process and en­sure that im­por­tant en­vi­ron­men­tal safe­guards are in place,’ said Ruth Salmon, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the CAIA.

‘It would al­low Canada to emerge as a global leader in sus­tain­able seafood farm­ing.’

Canada is the world’s only ma­jor farmed seafood pro­duc­ing coun­try with­out mod­ern na­tional leg­is­la­tion. The cur­rent fed­eral and pro­vin­cial reg­u­la­tory sys­tem is based on leg­is­la­tion 150 years old. The CAIA de­scribes the regime as ‘com­plex, un­cer­tain and con­fus­ing’.

‘Few ju­ris­dic­tions can match Canada’s nat­u­ral ad­van­tages when it comes to aqua­cul­ture,’ said Salmon.

Aqua­cul­ture in Canada ac­counts for $3.1 bn in eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity and em­ploys more than 15,000 peo­ple. It gen­er­ates one third of the to­tal value of the coun­try’s seafood pro­duc­tion.

Above: Rich tra­di­tion

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