Thursday, July 22, 2010

Comment on DFOs Draft Aquaculture Plan

The Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans has released their draft Aquaculture Regulations and the public has until September 8th to comment. Over the last two decades the salmon farming industry has grown exponentially in coastal British Columbia with catastrophic impacts for wild salmon and steelhead throughout the region. This is a great opportunity for the pubilc to make their opinions heard regarding the future of open net pen aquaculture. The regulations as they're currently laid out have a number of shortcomings including failing to prioritize the primary mandate of DFO which is the protection of wild salmon, no improvement in the environmental standards from their current dismal state, no financial support for proposed monitoring efforts, a lack of public disclosure and transparency, and a weaking of the formal environmental review process. More information on the aquaculture regulations and how to send comments to DFO on the Georgia Strait Alliance's website:

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