Feds move to ban open net salmon farms in B.C. – Resources & Agriculture

Farmed salmon are inspected at Marine Harvest Canada Inc. processing plant in Port Hardy | Photo: Darren Stone, Times Colonist

Canada’s minister in charge of fisheries and oceans has temporarily renewed dozens of fish farm licences in B.C., while strengthening reporting requirements to contain pathogens harmful to wild fish.

The long-awaited decision, released Wednesday afternoon, is part of move to close all open net pen salmon farms from B.C. waters. The phase out, however, will not be immediate.

Outside of the Discovery Islands, B.C.’s remaining 79 open net pen salmon farms will be given a two-year licence. During that time, the federal government will hold a consultation process with First Nations, industry, and all levels of government.

A final decision on how the farms will be removed from the Pacific will be released in the spring of 2023.

More to come.


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