FISH FARMS: 10 farms to close by 2022, 7 others later ...?

FISH FARMS: 10 farms to close by 2022, 7 others later ...?

Postby Oscar » Sun Dec 16, 2018 11:28 am

B.C. government announces transition of Vancouver Island-area fish farms by 2023

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By Sean Boynton Online News Producer Global News December 14, 2018

In a major agreement with First Nations on Vancouver Island, the B.C. government announced recommendations for protecting wild salmon stocks in the Broughton Archipelago area, including transitioning nearly a dozen fish farms out of the region over the next four years.

The recommendations came out of months of consultations between the province and the ‘Namgis, Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis and Mamalilikulla First Nations, who have been protesting the presence of local fish farms in the traditional coastal migration route for years, including occupying farms on Midsummer Island and Swanson Island last year.

The measures, including the closure of 10 farms by the end of 2022 and the conditional operation of the remaining seven the following year, were agreed to by the two fish farm operators in the area, Marine Harvest Canada and Cermaq Canada. . . . .

Under the agreement, 10 farms operating in the area will cease operations by 2022, some of them immediately. The remaining seven will shut down the following year unless agreements between the industry and First Nations are put in place along with renewed federal fisheries licences.

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