Study on the State of Salmon Aquaculture Technology commences
Mar. 08, 2019
Global Korean Post
In December, the Government of Canada announced a new approach to aquaculture that is focused on ensuring Canada’s aquaculture industry is economically successful and environmentally sustainable.
On Wednesday, March 6, Minister Wilkinson, in partnership with the Province of British Columbia and Sustainable Development Technologies Canada (SDTC) announced that a Study on the State of Salmon Aquaculture Technology has commenced.
The purpose of the study is to provide viable technology options for salmon farming in British Columbia, with a particular focus on technologies that reduce interactions between aquaculture and the environment, and any potential impacts on wild salmon. Areas of study will include land-based and ocean-based closed-containment, as well as offshore aquaculture production systems.
The Study is being conducted by Gardner-Pinfold Consulting Inc. which will work in close collaboration with an appointed Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee, which will provide overall guidance for the work, includes representatives from the B.C. First Nations Fisheries Council, Tides Canada, the B.C. Salmon Farmers Association, SDTC, the Province of BC and DFO.
The commencement of this study fulfills part of the commitment to a new federal approach announced by Minister Wilkinson in December. It also addresses a key recommendation of the BC Minister of Agriculture’s Advisory Council on Finfish Aquaculture which recommended a study to examine the feasibility of using new technologies for expanding sustainable and environmentally responsible salmon farming production.
Results from the study announced today are expected to be released to the public during the summer of 2019.
Previously Minister Wilkinson was in Vancouver on Feb. 26, 2019 to help send-off a team of 21 international scientists from Canada, Korea, Japan, Russia, and the United States who are departing on a 5-week expedition in the Gulf of Alaska aboard a Russian research trawler.
This mission is part of the International Year of the Salmon (IYS).
The research from this expedition is expected to provide insight to better predict how the changing ocean environment affects salmon stock and look at the factors that ensure or compromise the salmon’s survivability during their first winter at sea.