Salmon Farmers Association

New jobs created by stronger rules, say BC’s salmon farmers

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Source: Salmon Farmers Association

NANAIMO -- Better rules would mean better opportunity for BC’s salmon farmers, a senate committee was told today by representatives of the sector.

While BC’s salmon farming community currently contributes $800-million to the provincial economy, it could grow to $1.4 billion by 2020, resulting in 8,000 total jobs. By 2035, it could reach $3.5 billion and 20,000 jobs. All the sector needs is legislation that better speaks to the work of the province’s ocean farmers.

“An Aquaculture Act for Canada … will define aquaculture in federal law and provide a unifying, long-term framework that recognizes aquaculture’s growing importance to Canada’s economy,” said Executive Director Jeremy Dunn during public hearings held on the topic.

The Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans visited Tofino, Campbell River, Baynes Sound and Nanaimo as part of a fact-finding mission this week. They are undertaking a study on the regulation of aquaculture in Canada, and the opportunities and challenges for the sector.

From representatives of BC’s salmon farming community, they heard that regulation tailored specifically to aquaculture would both meet the public’s interest in strong management of the sector while also enabling the sector to grow.

“Modernizing the legislative, regulatory and policy framework will allow Canada, and British Columbia, to realize its full potential … In BC we have shown that we can grow nutritious fish that are healthy and co-exist in the ecosystem,” said Dunn during his presentation.

The BCSFA represents salmon farm companies and those who supply services and supplies to the industry. Salmon-farming on Vancouver Island provides for 6,000 direct and indirect jobs while contributing over $800-million to the provincial economy each year.

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