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North Okanagan-Shuswap MP questions lack of science behind salmon farm decision

Justin Trudeau announced a plan of shifting from open net-pen farming to land-based systems by 2025
Aquatic science biologist Shawn Stenhouse releases a Atlantic salmon back into its tank during a Department of Fisheries and Oceans fish health audit at the Okisollo fish farm near Campbell River, B.C. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. A Liberal promise to transition salmon farms in British Columbia from ocean net pens to closed containment systems in just over five years is being slammed as careless by the aquaculture industry. (The Canadian Press/Jonathan Hayward)

Conservation and management decisions must be informed by science, North Okanagan-Shuswap MP Mel Arnold said.

Arnold, an Associate Shadow Minister for Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, questions the lack of science behind the decision in closing of the open net-pen farming system in the Discovery Islands.

“Although the Minister of Fisheries and Ocean’s mandate letter directs her to take action to build a brighter future through the use of science and evidence-based decision-making, she has issued another decision without providing the science or evidence that she based her decision on, and without a plan being in place to support affected workers and communities.

“This decision extends a troubling pattern of Trudeau government announcements including the 2019 campaign promise to transition Pacific salmon farms and the first Discovery Islands decision in 2020 - both of which were delivered without science reasons or a support plan for affected British Columbians and communities.”

When it comes to fisheries and oceans decisions, Arnold said it has been eight years of failed transparency and accountability from the Trudeau government.

”Canadians deserve better, and Conservatives will continue to fight for the transparency, accountability and evidence-based conservation management that Canadians can trust to rebuild stability in Canada’s fisheries.”

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Bowen Assman

About the Author: Bowen Assman

I joined The Morning Star team in January 2023 as a reporter. Before that, I spent 10 months covering sports in Kelowna.
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