The BC Salmon Farmers Association is issuing the following statement in regards to Port Moody-Coquitlam MP Fin Donnelly’s Private Member’s Bill C-228.
“The World Wildlife Fund has set a new global standard for environmentally sustainable salmon farming and B.C. salmon farmers are accelerating towards meeting that standard faster than any region in the world. The BCSFA does not support Bill C-228 and believes B.C’s competitive advantage is our vast ocean resource, and that responsible stewardship of that resource will provide economic advancement for coastal communities, First Nations, and protect wild salmon for generations to come. Globally, salmon farmers have come a long way from the either-or dialogue of land-based or marine-based farming and have adopted practices that utilize both to their maximum advantage to develop the industry in a responsible way. Salmon farmers in B.C. alone have invested over $50-million in environmentally advanced modern farming infrastructure over the past two years alone in both land and marine based farming technology.”