Salmon farms net more tax dollars from Harper Government

Salmon farms net more tax dollars from Harper Govt to grow exports

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Fish farms net more tax dollars from Harper Government

CAMPBELL RIVER, Canada – The federal government is giving $21,000 to British Columbia salmon farmers to research best practices around the world, more than a year after a $26-million public inquiry made a litany of recommendations.

Conservative MP John Duncan says the funds will allow the B.C. Salmon Farmers Association to review international standards and practices in fish farming in order to identify potential improvements in the province.

The association will then develop a plan for the B.C.’s farmed salmon industry to maintain world-leading standards.

But critics says the federal government has done little to implement the measures already identified by the federal public inquiry into the collapse of the Fraser River sockeye run in 2009.

The Cohen commission made 75 recommendations in its October 2012 report, which raised questions about the effects on wild salmon from salmon farming in nets in the open ocean.

Duncan says the funds will help the B.C. fish farming industry improve confidence in its products, attract investment and increase exports.

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2 thoughts on “Salmon farms net more tax dollars from Harper Govt to grow exports

  1. $21,000 is not enough for any meaningful investigation.

    Investigating open pen salmon feedlot industry practices around the world to develop a standard for the industry in British Columbia makes no sense as all open pen salmon feedlots, no matter where they are sited, are known to harm public health, wild ecosystems, cultures, communities and economies.

    A standard based on these failed practices would be irresponsible.

    Given that BC has ignored the Cohen Commission recommendations, it’s likely that the industry will ignore any standards that will be less risky to people and wild ecosystems..

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