Saturday, February 15, 2014

$54 Million to Sustainable Aquaculture Program

Hon. Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans in Nanaimo
Government Takes Further Steps to Ensure a Sustainable and Prosperous Aquaculture Sector in Canada

NANAIMO, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Feb. 14, 2014) - The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, along with Dr. James Lunney, MP for Nanaimo Alberni, today provided further details on the Government of Canada's investment of $54 million over five years to continue Canada's Sustainable Aquaculture Program, which focuses on scientific research and regulatory enhancements.

With its Sustainable Aquaculture Program, the Government of Canada is creating the conditions, with science as the foundation, that will enable the Canadian aquaculture industry to be successful while operating in an ecologically sustainable manner. Under the renewed program, up to $27 million is being directed to further our scientific knowledge through research, operational analyses, risk assessment and scientific peer-reviewed advice. The two other pillars of this program are regulatory reform and improved reporting.

Minister Shea noted: "Aquaculture is the fastest growing food production sector worldwide and creates much needed jobs in rural areas and Aboriginal communities. Our Government's investment of $54 million will help address the sector's challenges to growth by reducing red tape, improving regulatory management and transparency; as well as increasing scientific knowledge and supporting science-based decision-making,"


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