Fin in the House: The evidence continues to pile up, and still no action from the Minister. It’s time for a just transition to safe, land-based closed containment.
May 7th, 2018 - 5:12pm
Mr. Fin Donnelly (Port Moody—Coquitlam, NDP): Mr. Speaker, hundreds of thousands of farmed salmon escaped once and the state of Washington bans open net farms. In Canada, B.C. coastal first nations occupy two salmon farms for over 200 days and the minister does nothing. On top of that, disgusting video footage shows virus-laden fish blood spewing into the wild salmon migration route and ancient glass sponges smothered by salmon farm waste, and he still does nothing. Finally, last week, the environment commissioner issued a scathing report.
When will the minister stand up for wild salmon and transition this industry to safe, land-based, closed containment?
Hon. Dominic LeBlanc (Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, I would remind my colleague that our government is committed to protecting Canada's aquatic ecosystems and fisheries through science-based decision-making. We welcome all of the scientific reports, including one that was released today, the Strategic Salmon Health Initiative. All of these scientific reports are informing the decisions that our government is making with respect to protecting wild salmon and ecosystems, not only in British Columbia but right across the country, and we will continue to do everything necessary to ensure this is the case.