Boost to sustainable farming in Canada – Fishfarmer Magazine

Boost to sustainable farming in Canada24 February, 2014 –

THE CANADIAN Aquaculture Industry Alliance has given a big welcome to the federal government’s renewed commitment to its Sustainable Aquaculture Programme.

The programme will continue to foster a responsible and competitive Canadian industry. Ruth Salmon, the Alliance’s Executive Director said:

‘Farmed seafood is playing an increasingly important role in providing Canadians with an affordable and healthy diet.

‘Today’s renewed commitment to sustainable aquaculture growth is an important recognition of that fact. We believe a sustainable and responsible industry is in the best interest of seafood farmers, the Canadian economy, and Canadian consumers.’

The $54 million commitment, announced a few days ago, will help address the industry’s challenges to future growth by streamlining regulations, improving regulatory management, increasing scientific knowledge and science-based decision-making, and ensuring transparency through enhanced public reporting.

In December, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) highlighted the importance of growing a sustainable global aquaculture industry to address global food security. Canada is ideally positioned to be a global leader in responsible aquaculture growth.

Canadian aquaculture production is dominated by four main categories by volume with salmon by far the largest at 66.7 per cent; followed by mussels, oysters and trout.

More than 85 per cent of Canadian aquaculture production is exported – with the largest export market in the United States.

Canadian Alliance members today generate over $2 billion in economic activity, over $1 billion in GDP, and employ over 14,500 Canadians.

Its mission is to unlock the full range of economic, environmental and public health benefits that flow from a competitive, sustainable and growing farmed seafood sector.