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BC's Environmental Fish Report Released

by Ellen Hardy
11 July 2008, at 1:00am

CANADA The 2007 Report for Regulatory Compliance of BC's Marine Finfish Aquaculture Facilities was released today. The release of the report reaffirms the governments commitment to hold the British Columbia aquaculture industry to a high standard of environmental compliance.

The overall inspection results for 2007 show generally high levels of compliance. The industry is monitored through inspections under a joint agency service agreement between the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands and the Ministry of Environment. During the 2007 inspection cycle, 82 operational sites were inspected. This is the eighth year that a comprehensive compliance report has been released.

The overall trend in escapes continues to be generally downward; however, recent events and this 2007 report are indicating that there are still some areas of concern. There were several incidents of escapes or suspected escapes investigated by the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands. The number of fish estimated to have escaped was 19,246; this included 19,223 Atlantic salmon, 11 Chinook salmon and 12 Coho salmon. 19,168 of these losses occurred in one significant escape from a farm on the west coast of Vancouver Island. This incident is still under investigation.

Compliance and enforcement staff at both the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands and the Ministry of Environment continue to conduct follow-up inspections to ensure industry is meeting all necessary requirements.

Ministry compliance and enforcement officials continue to strive for improvements to the inspection and compliance program. Staff will continue to work actively with government, First Nations, industry, and stakeholders in an effort to demonstrate an effective and accountable compliance and enforcement regime for B.C. aquaculture.

The 2007 report lists all incidents of non-compliance and summarizes the options taken by government in response.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.

Ellen Hardy