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Aquaculture: Mutual Interests for Atlantic Ministers

CANADA - Politicians representing Canada's Atlantic provinces have reached regional agreements in six key areas and four themes of importance - and one of them is aquaculture.

Strategies discussed at the meeting in Sackville, New Brunswick included energy, aquaculture, procurement and transportation - all the provinces represented face significant challenges in these areas. They also share numerous social and economic problems such as an aging population, worker out-migration and a shrinking tax base.

Premiers and ministers said that provinces had a common interests in the development of aquaculture. They want to foster strategies that offer mutual benefits - both economically and environmentally.

According to Nova Scotia's Business Journal, the meeting included presentations and discussions on a number of topics under four themes: demographics and educational attainment; wellness and healthy living; energy and the environment; and innovation and economic progress.

Regional agreements were concluded in energy, health and wellness, literacy, aquaculture, procurement and transportation.

The aquaculture ministers signed the Atlantic Provinces' Memorandum of Understanding for the Development of the Aquaculture Sector. The memorandum outlines potential areas of co-operation, including unifying the region's voice on aquaculture when working with the federal government.

"I believe we can significantly accelerate economic growth in the Atlantic region by working together where it makes sense," said New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham. "Our investment in time and energy to ensure continued strategic collaboration between our four provinces will pay dividends for Atlantic Canadians," he added

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Ellen Hardy

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