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The renewal of salmon farming licenses is a reality now

The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, Joyce Murray, has acknowledged the importance of a sustainable aquaculture sector in Canada. During the announcement of the salmon farming licenses renewal.

So, Murray said: “We recognize the urgent need for ecologically sustainable aquaculture technology. We are prepared to work with all partners in a way that is transparent and provides stability in this transition.”

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Today, the minister announced a two-year renewal of licenses for marine finfish aquaculture facilities outside of the Discovery Islands. Also, the next steps to transition from open-net pen salmon aquaculture in British Columbia.

To clarify, the licenses will require the implementation of standardized reporting requirements and sea lice management plans. As well as wild salmon monitoring. All of which will improve the management of the salmon aquaculture industry. Also, help to protect wild salmon stocks and their habitat.

All agents involved

Firstly, Fisheries and Oceans Canada will share the draft framework for transitioning from open-net pen salmon aquaculture. The transition plan will count with the Government of British Columbia, First Nations, industry, local governments, stakeholders, and British Columbians.

After that, the final plan should be ready in spring 2023 when after they analyze the feedback of these consultations.

Regarding this, Murray noted: “Working together with First Nations, the Province, industry, and British Columbians, we will transition the aquaculture industry to one which leads with new technology, while reducing or eliminating interactions with wild Pacific salmon.”

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Besides, the Canadian government has remembered how they have been engaging for two years with partners and stakeholders on these new measures. The aim of this is to protect wild salmon, the environment, and the economy.

Finally, the minister concluded: “Wild Pacific salmon are an iconic keystone species in British Columbia that are facing historic threats. Our government is taking action to protect and return wild salmon to abundance and ensure Canada is a global leader in sustainable aquaculture.”

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