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Canada sets up aquaculture advisory panel

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The Canadian government has established an independent panel to help protect the marine environment against the possible negative impacts of aquaculture.

The panel is to be led by the country’s Chief Science Advisor, Dr Mona Nemer, and aims to provide recommendations on the appropriate use and consideration of scientific evidence in protecting the marine environment in decision-making on aquaculture.

The panel will also provide advice on the communication of this science, and associated decisions, to Canadians. Dr Nemer will deliver a report of the expert panel to the Ministers. The report will be made publicly available.

“Our government understands that Canadians have real concerns around aquaculture,” said Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard. “We look forward to the recommendations of the panel, led by the Chief Science Advisor, on how science can be better applied to decision making and communicated to the public in support of sustainable aquaculture as we seek to remain a strong, science-based regulator of the aquaculture industry."