Canada has po­ten­tial to dou­ble pro­duc­tion: re­port

Fish Farmer - - World News -

FIRST Na­tions com­mu­ni­ties stand to gain from aquacul- ture devel­op­ment in Canada, ac­cord­ing to a fed­eral gov­ern­ment re­port pub­lished in Septem­ber.

More than 40 First Na­tion and indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties are now di­rectly or in­di­rectly in­volved in farm­ing seafood in Canada, SeaWestNews re­ported.

Aqua­cul­ture was high­lighted in the gov­ern­ment’s Agri-food Re­port – from Canada’s Eco­nomic Strat­egy Ta­bles - as one of the four pri­or­i­ties re­quir­ing im­me­di­ate ac­tion, with the po­ten­tial for the sec­tor to nearly dou­ble pro­duc­tion from 200,565 tonnes in 2016 to 381,900 tonnes in 2028 to meet ris­ing de­mand.

The Cana­dian Aqua­cul­ture In­dus­try Al­liance (CAIA) said the re­port found sti­fled growth and lost op­por­tu­nity for the aqua­cul­ture sec­tor as a re­sult of a com­plex reg­u­la­tory frame­work. And it called for an eco­nomic growth ap­proach for the sec­tor via a new fed­eral Aqua­cul­ture Act.

Tim­o­thy Kennedy, CAIA ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, said: ‘CAIA is very pleased with the re­port’s pro­vi­sions for the aqua­cul­ture sec­tor. It’s clear that the voice of Cana­dian seafood farm­ers was heard dur­ing the con­sul­ta­tions.

‘The rec­om­men­da­tions, when im­ple­mented, will en­able our sec­tor to meet its eco­nomic po­ten­tial.

‘Canada can re­gain lost com­pet­i­tive ground and be­come a true global sus­tain­able aqua­cul­ture leader.

‘With a sup­port­ive pol­icy and reg­u­la­tory en­vi­ron­ment, our in­dus­try is ready to seize the op­por­tu­nity, cre­at­ing new mid­dle class jobs and grow­ing our econ­omy, much of that ac­tiv­ity in coastal com­mu­ni­ties and with indige­nous part­ner­ship and en­gage­ment.’

He added: ‘We en­cour­age de­ci­sion mak­ers to en­act the rec­om­men­da­tions of this re­port as quickly as pos­si­ble to en­sure Canada can achieve its full po­ten­tial as a lead­ing com­peti­tor in global seafood pro­duc­tion.’

Above: Tim­o­thy Kennedy

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