December 11, 2018
Canada introduces new initiatives to improve aquaculture operations
In an effort to improve economic returns and environmental sustainability in Canada's aquaculture industry, the country's government is changing the way it engages its sector, The Province reported.
This new approach entails the development of a single comprehensive set of regulations to properly determine how the aquaculture sector operates in Canada, according to Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson.
In addition, the fisheries department is ordering a study on alternative aquaculture technologies to inform the development of the industry. The study would be conducted with Sustainable Development Technology Canada and the province of British Columbia.
The approach would also include the creation of a risk management framework and a shift towards area-based management plans to take regional environmental concerns into account.
Those details were revealed following a recent announcement of plans to develop a federal Aquaculture Act, as discussed at the Canadian Council for Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers meeting in St. John's.
Federal environment commissioner Julie Gelfand issued a report earlier this year calling for better monitoring and more detailed scientific study of the industry's effects on wild fish.
- The Province