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Pacific Salmon Forum aligns with producer and industry objectives

CANADA - An interim report released last week by the British Columbia Pacific Salmon Forum has made recommendations on how wild and farmed salmon can be managed sustainably, in a way that will deliver maximum benefits to coastal communities.

According to report, the main threats to wild salmon are changes in ocean productivity and in the capacity of watersheds to support wild salmon.

The recommendations align with those made by the BC Salmon Farmers Association and endorsed by industry, specifically in safe guarding wild salmon. They should enable the sustained growth of aquaculture, continued funding and the continual review and support of collaborative research on closed containment. They will also help to promote British Columbia seafood.

The industry recognises the value of third party certification, which is the reason why many farms have earned environmental accreditation from the internationally accredited environmental management system ISO 14001.

BC is recognised as a world leader in the production of high quality, sustainability produced salmon. It is also known and respected for having the most stringent regulatory review of any salmon producing industry in the world.

In 2006, farmed salmon sales generated $450 million, making it BC’s largest agricultural export. The BC salmon farming industry’s contribution to the economies of coastal communities is significant; with an economic output of over $800 million and total employment of over 6,000.

To read the full report, please click here