Canada to develop federal legislation setting standards for aquaculture sector

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Canada plans to develop federal legislation that would give the country’s aquaculture sector a boost.Aquaculture and its economic potential was one of several topics discussed in St. John’s, N.L., this week at a meeting of the Canadian Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers.Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said the proposed Aquaculture Act would not interfere with provincial jurisdiction, but would give clarity to the industry and set consistent national standards.Newfoundland and Labrador has been criticized by environmental groups, including the Atlantic Salmon Federation, for fast-tracking assessments on planned aquaculture projects along the island’s south coast.Canada’s environment commissioner, Julie Gelfand, issued a series of reports earlier this year warning of the disease risk farmed fish pose to wild salmon, and she called for better monitoring of the industry.The Canadian Presslast_img

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