“For many decades, aquaculture, including salmon farming, has played an important role in British Columbia. On a local level, the industry provides jobs for workers, economic opportunities for businesses and communities, and financial benefits and partnerships for First Nations. Farmed seafood also provides a reliable and environmentally sustainable food source for consumers here in Canada and around the world.
“While the Canadian Aquaculture Suppliers Association is disappointed the Federal Government has decided not to fully renew all the salmon licences off the coast of Vancouver Island our Association remains optimistic for the industry in British Columbia.
“The Canadian Aquaculture Suppliers Association shares the Federal Government’s vision in making Canada a global leader in aquaculture. That’s why the Association will continue to participate and be a partner in the process and consultations to make this vision a reality.
“We look forward engaging with federal, provincial and First Nations governments, colleagues in the aquaculture industry, the scientific community, other stakeholders and those who wish to see Canada’s aquaculture industry grow and thrive.
“Aquaculture is a vital industry that can help to mitigate the challenges from global climate change and provide the world with a reliable and ethical source of sustainable and healthy food. Canadian aquaculture, with its innovative companies and workforce, is leading this charge.
“While the transition period mandated by the Federal Government will not be without obstacles, including issues of financial compensation, the Canadian Aquaculture Suppliers Association is buoyed by the government’s commitment towards the industry, including salmon farming. There’s a great deal at stake here and we look forward to aquaculture’s future here in Canada.”