Framework to transition away from open-net pen aquaculture in BC needs work.
Immature technology of semi-closed containment raises concerns.
“What I am aiming to do is get input into a transition plan that will greatly minimize or eliminate the interaction between wild fish and cultured salmon,” said Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.
“This is the first time a government has talked about concerns with aquaculture and salmon farming and that’s hopeful,” Proboszcz (Watershed Watch) said.
In the past, Chamberlin (First Nation Wild Salmon Alliance) said engagement has often been limited to First Nations with fish farms on their territory and has excluded those whose wild salmon migrate past these farms.
“They’re going to engage First Nations whose fish migrate past fish farms,” he said. “That’s really significant… The impact of fish farm operations extends across British Columbia.”