Monday, January 20, 2014
Canadian Govt Ignores Science, Cohen Commission in Opting to Expand Fish Farms
Last week, without much fanfare the Canadian Federal government announced it was going to allow the first major expansion of the salmon farming industry since a hard won moratorium on expansion of fish farms came into effect in 2011. The move, while not surprising shows blatant disregard for the demonstrated impacts the aquaculture sector has had on wild salmon populations and the risks associated with expanding the number of fish farm tenures and the size of farms already in the water. It also directly violates the findings of the Cohen Commission, a judicial review which cost the Canadian taxpayers $26 million just to have the government ignore it's recommendations. The government has already received 11 applications for new or expanded farms since the change came into effect last week.
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