Fin the House: Environment Commissioner issues scathing report on Salmon Farming
April 24th, 2018 - 4:29pm
Mr. Fin Donnelly (Port Moody—Coquitlam, NDP):
Mr. Speaker, in a scathing report, the Environment Commissioner confirmed what we have been saying for years. The aquaculture industry is exposing wild salmon to disease and harmful pesticides. In fairness, how would the Liberals know? They are not even monitoring the health of wild salmon. The Minister claims to be licensing salmon farms based on “scientific evidence”, but clearly he is not. Further, the report confirms they placed farmed over wild salmon every time.
When will the Minister commit to a just transition to safe land-based closed containment?
For example, we are completing key disease risk assessments for these fish and clarifying the roles and responsibilities for managing emerging diseases. We are communicating where effective the precautionary approach. We will continue to do a lot more on this important issue.