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BCSFA Seeks Standing For Salmon Inquiry

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CANADA - The BC Salmon Farmers Association (BCSFA) is seeking standing for the Federal Governmentsinquiry into the reasons for the decline of sockeye salmon in the Fraser River.

The Federal Government announced the inquiry in November 2009 and appointed the Honourable Bruce Cohen, a judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, to act as Commissioner.

The BCSFA is seeking standing as a part of the industry’s ongoing commitment to the environment of British Columbia’s shores and the sustainability of its coastal communities.

“Perhaps more than any other industry, the salmon farmers understand the importance of a healthy, productive ocean,” says Mary Ellen Walling, BCSFA’s Executive Director.

“Wild salmon stocks are of critical importance to both B.C.’s environment and way of life. It’s important that this commission look at all the issues that are affecting the wild populations ,” said Ms Walling.

The BCSFA’s member organisations include more than 60 companies directly and indirectly involved in the provinces’ salmon farming industry.

“Our members live, work and play on BC’s coast, and want to ensure that our marine environment stays healthy for the long‐term,” said Ms Walling. “That’s why we continue to focus on sustainability –improving our operations, continuing research, while building successful businesses.”