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Lack of Closed Containment Funding Dismays CAAR

CANADA - The Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform slammed the BC government for once again failing to invest in the development of a new, green technology industry that would address the numerous devastating impacts of open net-cage salmon farming in coastal waters while creating jobs for the new economy.

“When the economy was booming, the Province buried their heads in the sand and denied salmon farming practices were a problem,” said Ruby Berry of the Georgia Strait Alliance.

“Now that they can no longer ignore the weight of scientific evidence proving the farms are killing our wild salmon, they are going to use the economic downturn as an excuse to avoid action. The survival of BC’s wild salmon should be a priority to the Campbell government as it is to the voters.”

CAAR has been rallying support for a budget allocation to closed containment development. Over twenty retail food businesses have written to the Province backing the call for change, and ten local and regional governments and Chambers of Commerce in BC have passed resolutions in support of the solutions funding. Marine Harvest Canada joined CAAR in a request to the Province for the new technology fund.

the Fish Site Editor

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