With thousands of primary jobs and support employment salmon farming is indeed an important component of the British Colombian economy. Wild harvested Atlantic Salmon is not supplying the demand worldwide for this famous food fish and that is where the farming picks up. The only problem is the government needs to make sure that it is done in an eco-friendly manner to ensure that it will be available for future generations.
Salmon aquaculture is a very important sector in British Columbia and particularly in the North Island area. It employs thousands of people, creates opportunities for First Nations communities, and creates an environment for a strong network of secondary supply businesses that keep our economy strong, growing and stable.
That said, aquaculture can only be supported knowing that it is being done responsibly. I believe that the extensive work done by the industry and the stringent regulations developed by the federal and provincial governments meet that standard.
The BC Liberal government has already voiced its support of the Cohen Commission recommendations that would see a review of siting regulations, additional research in the Discovery Islands and a moratorium on new sites in that area; and I stand by that commitment.
With good management and strong oversight, I believe aquaculture will continue to be an important part of the North Island’s future.
Last week I was able to visit the Marine Harvest Canada processing plant in Port Hardy and it is clear how important a facility of that size is for the community. I’ve also been able to tour salmon farms and hatcheries myself and meet the people who proudly take care of their fish. It represents many jobs – good jobs – so ensuring that this sector is sustainable is important to our riding. Click this link to finish reading North Island Candidates Respond What is your vision for the future of open net pen fish farming?
Closed containment fish farms are attracting interest as they would trump many problems associated with open net sea farms such as contamination to wild fish any sort of disease outbreak that may occur in a net farm. The ability to closely maintain water quality would be another important factor in the establishment of inland contained fish farms.