Atlantic Canadian Salmon Farmers Welcome New Federal Science Review

Atlantic Canada’s salmon farmers welcome today’s announcement of an independent review of science-based decision-making in aquaculture.

“Our farmers are world leaders in sustainable salmon farming, and our sector has always been supported by a diverse science and research community,” says Susan Farquharson, Executive Director of the Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association.

Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard today asked Canada’s Chief Science Advisor, Dr. Mona Nemer, to lead an independent expert panel to provide recommendations on the appropriate use, consideration, and communication of scientific evidence in protecting the marine environment in decision-making on aquaculture.

“We support any efforts to increase engagement and communication with Atlantic Canadians about our industry and the science that supports it,” says Farquharson. “We look forward to working with the committee as the process unfolds.”

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization projects that aquaculture will account for two-thirds of the global food fish consumption by 2030.

The Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association (ACFFA) is an industry-funded association working on behalf of Atlantic Canada’s salmon farming industry in addition to a wide range of service and supply companies and organizations. Salmon farming employs over 3000 people in our region and has a value of over $350 million to provincial economies.

For more information, please contact:
Susan Farquharson, Executive Director
Ph: 506-755-3526
Email: s.farquharson@atlanticfishfarmers.com