Canada’s fish farm­ers wel­come new Act

Fish Farmer - - World News -

CANA­DIAN fish farm­ers have wel­comed the de­ci­sion by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to move ahead with an Aqua­cul­ture Act.

The Cana­dian Coun­cil of Fish­eries and Aqua­cul­ture Min­is­ters agreed on De­cem­ber 5 to ad­vance the process that will lead to fed­eral leg­is­la­tion.The sec­tor’s po­ten­tial was iden­ti­fied in the Agri-food Re­port, pub­lished in Sep­tem­ber, which said it could nearly dou­ble pro­duc­tion, from 200,565 tonnes in 2016 to 381,900 tonnes in 2028.

‘The timely devel­op­ment and pas­sage of a fed­eral Aqua­cul­ture Act is the most im­por­tant and over­rid­ing need for the sus­tain­able and com­pet­i­tive growth of aqua­cul­ture in Canada,’ said Tim­o­thy Kennedy, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Cana­dian Aqua­cul­ture In­dus­try Al­liance. ‘There is such in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity for this young and in­no­va­tive sec­tor. Canada re­mains the world’s only ma­jor farmed seafood pro­duc­ing coun­try with­out modern na­tional leg­is­la­tion specif­i­cally de­signed to govern a re­spon­si­ble and sus­tain­able aqua­cul­ture in­dus­try.

‘With a sup­port­ive pol­icy and reg­u­la­tory en­vi­ron­ment fo­cused on in­no­va­tion, eco­nomic growth and sus­tain­abil­ity for our sec­tor, our in­dus­try is ready to seize this op­por­tu­nity, cre­at­ing new mid­dle-class jobs and grow­ing our econ­omy.’

Above: Tim Kennedy

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