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CAIA Voices Support For New Salmon Farms

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CANADA - Following the large amount of negative press around the approval for two new salmon farms in St Mary's Bay, Nova Scotia, the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance (CAIA) has voiced its support over the planned farms.

As the voice of Canada's aquaculture industry, the CAIA said it was also pleased to see the government of Nova Scotia and Fisheries & Oceans Canada supporting the plan and for recognising the huge value and potential for the aquaculture industry.

"The government of Nova Scotia is to be congratulated for its announcement, for its exemplary support of this sustainable industry and for its efficient inter-governmental and public consultation processes," said Ruth Salmon, CAIA Executive Director.

"Canada's $2.1 billion aquaculture industry is strong, but given our vast potential, our overall footprint is still very small and our contribution to global aquaculture production also remains small," said Ms Salmon.

"Canada needs commitment from provincial and federal government to the growth of this innovative and science-based industry."

The CAIA also commented that aquaculture has remained strong, bringing social and economic benefits to many coastal communities, where other resource-based industries have declined.

These recent approvals will therefore help attract new investment, create jobs, foster innovation and make our farmers more competitive and productive, which will have a multiplier effect throughout the Canadian economy.

Ms Salmon also said CAIA is encouraged with the progress being made by the provincial and federal governments departments in British Columbia in their review of a replacement farm site at Plover Point, which is located in Clayoquot Sound.

Once this site is in place the existing site in Clayoquot Sound will then be transferred to the Ahousaht First Nation for their use.