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BC Urged to Contain Fish Farm Threat

CANADA - The B.C. government should create a $10-million fund to encourage the province's salmon farmers to develop closed-containment technology, say chamber of commerce members on Vancouver Island.

The Tofino-Long Beach Chamber of Commerce voted to take the position after presentations on closed-containment salmon farms by the Living Oceans Society and Friends of Clayoquot Sound, reports The Canadian Press.

"We need to find a made-in-B.C. solution that protects our marine environment and also facilitates the advancement of a sustainable aquaculture industry in our province," Will Soltau of the Living Oceans Society told The Canadian Press.

According to the news agency, Soltau asked the chamber to write a letter to the provincial government, asking for the creation of a new $10-million fund.

Environmentalists have long called for containment pens to be operated on land because they prevent salmon from escaping into the ocean and affecting wild stocks.

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