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New fish farm gets go-ahead despite call for restrictions

CANADA - The provincial government has approved a new fish farm on Vancouver Island, a week after a legislative committee issued a report calling for restrictions on new farms and the use of closed containment systems for farmed salmon.

"I'm not discounting the report in any way," said Agriculture Minister Pat Bell.

"It will take some time to do a detailed review that we need to in order to understand the policy implications of implementation of part, all or none of that report."

He says the farm, which will be run by Greig Seafood near Concepcion Point in Muchalaht Inlet on the west coast of Vancouver Island, was appropriate and technically sound.

Bell says he discussed with the chairman of the committee that it would be inappropriate to have a moratorium on new licences while the report was being compiled.

Source: Business Edge