Statement on Environment Canada Charges

For Immediate Release
November 4, 2011

 
As you are aware, Environment Canada has laid charges against one of our member companies, Kelly Cove Salmon Ltd., a division of Cooke Aquaculture, under the Fisheries Act for depositing deleterious substances in water frequented by fish.
 
While our association cannot comment specifically on the charges, we do want to say that as an association, we promote the use of authorized products in accordance with the prescribed method of treatment.
 
The ACFFA and our member companies have been cooperating fully with Environment Canada since the investigation was launched in 2009.
 
Working alongside those in the traditional fishery, our salmon farmers have built this industry for the past 30 years. Protecting the marine environment where we live and work is a priority for us. Our industry has thrived while at the same time the lobster fishery continues to see record landings. We know that if our farm practices are not sustainable, our fish will not be healthy, and we would not have access to a healthy marine resource for the future.
 
Atlantic Canada’s fish farmers continue to be firmly committed to building a locally based, globally competitive, sustainable aquaculture industry that produces world-class salmon and brings prosperity to our region.
 
To read Cooke Aquaculture’s update on the Environment Canada charges, please visit: http://www.cookeaqua.com
 
Pamela Parker
Executive Director
Ph: 506-755-3526
Email: p.parker@atlanticfishfarmers.com