CAAR media release: New Pacific Aquaculture Regulations pose major concerns, only marginal improvements

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The Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform (CAAR) media release New Pacific Aquaculture Regulations pose major concerns, only marginal improvements provides comments on the new Pacific Aquaculture Regulations unveiled today in Vancouver by Fisheries Minister Gail Shea. Although there are some areas of improvement over the previous Provincial regulations, CAAR has major concerns around the transparency of industry reporting and lack of clarity concerning possible exemption from habitat destruction provisions of the Fisheries Act.

Stan Proboszcz, Watershed Watch Fisheries Biologist, states “Transparency concerning fish health data on salmon farms is critical and was recently affirmed by Justice Bruce Cohen’s ruling. If DFO wants a management regime that builds public confidence as they claim, transparency should be a cornerstone of the new aquaculture regulations.”

Watershed Watch is a founding member of CAAR. For more information on salmon farming see Watershed Watch’s Salmon Farming page.

 

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