Har­ness­ing youth in Canada…

Fish Farmer - - World News -

THE Cana­dian Aqua­cul­ture In­dus­try Al­liance (CAIA) has launched its own Na­tional Youth Coun­cil, partly to en­cour­age more young peo­ple into the in­dus­try and partly to show­case the grow­ing pres­ence of the younger gen­er­a­tion in the fish farm­ing sec­tor.

CAIA ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Tim­o­thy Kennedy said: ‘Seafood farm­ing is a young and grow­ing sec­tor for Canada. We are de­lighted to be at­tract­ing top cal­i­bre young peo­ple to cre­ate a strong and sus­tain­able fu­ture.

‘The di­ver­sity and strength of these young peo­ple is a tes­ta­ment to a bright fu­ture for our sec­tor.’

The al­liance said it had es­tab­lished a Na­tional Youth Coun­cil to con­nect young pro­fes­sion­als in Canada’s aqua­cul­ture sec­tor, to pro­pose and de­velop ideas for the flour­ish­ing of the sec­tor, and to be am­bas­sadors for the sec­tor. Kennedy added: ‘We have brought to­gether a group of 14 young peo­ple from across the coun­try – seven women and seven men – to rep­re­sent the grow­ing pres­ence of youth in this science, sus­tain­abil­ity and fu­ture ori­ented sec­tor. ‘Rep­re­sent­ing six prov­inces, they are ex­cited and ea­ger to share their knowl­edge and pas­sion for seafood farm­ing. We look for­ward to their ideas and en­ergy.’ R.J. Tay­lor, the in­au­gu­ral Youth Coun­cil chair, said: ‘We hail from across Canada’s thriv­ing seafood farm­ing sec­tor: fin­fish to shell­fish, land based to net pens, fresh­wa­ter to ma­rine, in­dus­try to re­search. ‘And we all share the same pas­sion for ad­vanc­ing this in­cred­i­bly dy­namic and sus­tain­able sec­tor.’ The Na­tional Youth Coun­cil mem­bers con­vened their first face-to-face meet­ing at the 2018 Cana­dian Farmed Seafood Pol­icy Con­fer­ence in the fed­eral cap­i­tal Ot­tawa in De­cem­ber.

Above: R.J. Tay­lor

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