Watershed Watch quoted in Vancouver Sun article: Ottawa to slash red tape for fish farms
Watershed Watch Executive Director, Craig Orr,
comments on plans to expand salmon farming in BC in the Vancouver Sun article Ottawa to slash red tape for fish farms. The article states “The Harper government is laying the regulatory groundwork for a resurgence of the controversial B.C. fish farm industry. Bureaucratic hurdles and legal uncertainty are being swept away as part of an attempt to help the Canadian industry, which has stagnated for years, to take advantage of rising global demand for seafood, according to testimony by top officials before a Senate committee.”
Craig Orr states, “I think it’s quite irresponsible to be considering expanding the industry at this point. They seem to be abandoning wild fish protection on this coast.” Orr also, “pointed to Cohen’s warnings about scientific uncertainty surrounding the potential spread of disease and sea lice from farms to young wild salmon.”
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