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Mandatory Voice For Maritime Salmon Industry

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
15 October 2010, at 1:00am

CANADA - Maritime salmon farming industry is adopting a regional governance structure that will strengthen the growing sector and result in a strong and united voice for finfish aquaculture farmers.

The New Brunswick Salmon Growers’ Association today officially announced its Board of Directors has voted unanimously to expand the organization’s focus to include Nova Scotia and to change its name to the Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association.

“It just makes sense for farmers in our region to work together to continue to grow and strengthen this innovative sector,” says Pamela Parker, Executive Director of the New Brunswick Salmon Growers’ Association.

“More and more finfish aquaculture companies farm in multiple provincial jurisdictions, and they are all facing similar issues, challenges and opportunities. Having a single, regional voice representing their interests with consumers, government agencies, communities and regulators is a positive and forward-thinking move.”

Mr Parker says the expansion will mean finfish farmers in the region can work together on projects ranging from research and development initiatives and fish health programs to marketing programs and code of practice procedures.

Mr Parker also announced the appointment of Murray Hill of Pictou, N.S. as the new Nova Scotia Regional Manager for the Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association. A former Director of Inland Fisheries with the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Hill has extensive experience in sustainable development and resource management.

“This is a great move for our industry. There’s a tremendous opportunity for growth in our industry with our new, regional focus,” says Mr Hill, who started in his new role in August and is based in Pictou, NS. “Having a strong association presence in Nova Scotia is absolutely critical, and I am looking forward to working with all industry stakeholders to continue to build this sector.”

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