Applications should be supported

The sites have favourable biophysical conditions for the production of high quality seafood

As one of the individuals that first identified the sites that Grieg Seafood is applying for as being suitable for aquaculture (shellfish and finfish), I strongly believe that these applications should be approved for the following reasons:

  • The sites have favourable biophysical conditions for the production of high quality seafood for which there is a growing demand
  • The sites have been identified as appropriate for the production of finfish through a multi-stakeholder process that also involved the participation of First Nations and the Province, leading to the establishment of the North Island Straits Coastal Plan
  • The sites are within the undisputed Traditional Territory of the Tlowitsis First Nation, whose leadership is familiar with the B.C. salmon farming industry and who support these applications
  • Grieg Seafood is a company known around B.C. and the World as a socially responsible operator with a strong reputation for leadership within the international salmon farming industry
  • The salmon farming industry in British Columbia is for many reasons long overdue for an expansion, some of which are; Numerous studies and inquiries have failed to find legitimate reasons for the currently slow pace of approval of new sites; The salmon farming industry in B.C. is governed by a strong regulatory regime that ensures the environmental sustainability of the business of salmon aquaculture; Norway – a country highly regarded for its focus on environmental stewardship and sustainability- has a salmon farming industry that is 15 times the size of that in B.C. and which operates along a coastline similar to that of B.C.; The United States is a fast growing market for fresh, farmed salmon and today much of that product comes from South America and Europe instead of Canada- a fact that has considerable trade and greenhouse gas ramifications

Odd Grydeland

Campbell River

 

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