The BC Salmon Farmers Association has appointed John Paul Fraser as its new Executive Director, effective immediately.
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B.C.’s provincial government appears to be making a significant policy shift on how it will manage Crown land tenures with today’s announcement regarding salmon farms.
First Nations leaders and people gathered to speak about the importance of salmon farming and send a message to the foreign activists with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which has harassed salmon farms for the last two summers.
The Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF)’s recommendation B.C.’s salmon farmers be forced to move to closed-containment farming immediately, would only result in more pressure being put on wild Pacific salmon stocks while effectively shutting down an industry that supports more than 6,600 jobs in rural coastal communities.
The report out today into the effects of PRV on wild salmon led by Dr. Kristina Miller is problematic, and should be looked at with a critical eye in the context of the extensive science done on this topic.
The BC Salmon Farmers Association agrees with many of the recommendations in the B.C MAACFA report released today, and looks forward to working with all levels of government, coastal communities, and First Nations to draw upon the report to continue evolving B.C’s $1.5-billion salmon aquaculture industry.
Farm-raised salmon is B.C.’s highest valued seafood product, the province’s top agricultural export, and
generates over $1.5-billion towards the B.C. economy, resulting in over 6,600 jobs.
Jeremy Dunn, Executive Director at the BC Salmon Farmers Association, has announced his departure from the Association and will be joining Marine Harvest Canada’s Public Affairs division.