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Canada: New Fisheries Minister no fan of salmon farms in BC’s oceans

Oct 26, 2021
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By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Joyce Murray a prominent advocate to end open-net salmon farming in British Columbia, has been appointed as Canada’s new Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. The veteran MP for Vancouver-Quadra had signed a recent pre-election petition organised by anti-fish farm activists, to end open-net salmon aquaculture which provides B.C.’s highest valued seafood product and generates over $1.6-billion towards the B.C. economy, supporting nearly 6,500 jobs, mostly in rural, coastal and Indigenous communities. “As Vancouver Quadra’s MP. I led the push for our Government’s commitment to setting a fixed-end date for open-net pens, and transitioning to an environmentally safer way of raising salmon, while protecting remote Indigenous workers’ jobs,” Murray’s website states. While her record of pushing for a complete ban to open-net salmon farming aligns with the agenda of the anti-fish farming lobby, the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance (CAIA) said it is looking ...
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