CAMPBELL RIVER, BC -- Minister Gail Shea of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans announced new national Aquaculture Activities Regulations today that she says will modernize and streamline the regulatory environment for Aquaculture in Canada.
“Salmon farmers in British Columbia have been asking for a modernized regulation of our farming practices for a number of years and are happy to see the Minister’s announcement today,” said Jeremy Dunn, Executive Director of the BC Salmon Farmers Association. “We expect the new regulation will formalize our current farming methods, encourage positive environmental practices, reduce red tape, and bring all government departments and agencies onto the same page. We look forward to the next steps ahead in formalizing the new regulation.”
There are currently 120 licensed salmon farms in BC, with about 60% active at any one time, producing an annual harvest of 70,000 metric tons. Salmon raised in BC waters is the province’s largest agricultural export and accounts for $800-Million towards the British Columbia economy. Salmon aquaculture is a diversified industry, which results in 6,000 jobs (direct, indirect and induced) in coastal communities, over 20% of which are held by First Nations peoples.
BC salmon farmers have well established markets for products in the United States and Asia and are working to meet a growing demand. Farmed seafood accounts for 50% of current global consumption and the United Nations estimates that aquaculture will supply close to 75% of all seafood by 2030.
The BCSFA represents salmon farm companies and those who supply services and supplies to the industry. Our members have operations in communities including Campbell River, Tofino, Port Hardy, Klemtu, Powell River, and Port McNeill.