Senate Fisheries Committee Completes Successful Fact-Finding and Public Hearings on Aquaculture in Eastern Canada

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OTTAWA (November 21, 2014) Members of the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans were in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Québec this week as part of their ongoing study on the regulation of aquaculture, current challenges and future prospects for the industry in Canada.

Senators conducted fact-finding activities in the following communities: Pennfield, Back Bay, St. Andrews, and Botsford in New Brunswick; Victoria, Charlottetown, and Orwell Cove in Prince Edward Island; and Newport and Gaspé in Québec. During fact-finding, Senators toured aquaculture hatcheries, production facilities and academic and research institutions, met with producers of salmon, halibut, scallops, oysters, sturgeon, mussels and seaplants, and heard from scientists and industry representatives.

During public hearings in Moncton, Senators learned about challenges and opportunities facing the industry in Eastern Canada. They heard from the Minister of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development for Prince Edward Island, officials from the New Brunswick Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries, as well as researchers, First Nations, mayors, aquaculture industry representatives and those with concerns about the sector.

“This past week in the three provinces, the Senate Fisheries Committee has gained further important regional insight into the aquaculture industry. We were fortunate that so many producers welcomed us to tour facilities and share their knowledge of both finfish and shellfish aquaculture production. Scientists and researchers at the Atlantic Veterinary College and Merinov research facility in Québec also briefed us on the impressive research and development work being conducted.”

– Senator Fabian Manning, Chair of the Committee

“I was very pleased my Senate Fisheries Committee colleagues were able to visit PEI this week. We heard from aquaculture specialists at the Atlantic Veterinary College about cutting-edge research at UPEI. We also met with local finfish and shellfish producers in Victoria and Orwell Cove about the role aquaculture plays in enhancing economic vitality for many rural communities in the province, especially the importance of engaging young people in the industry.”

– Senator Elizabeth Hubley, Deputy Chair of the Committee


Quick Facts

The Committee launched its aquaculture regulation study in January 2014. Since then, it has heard from witnesses during public hearings in Ottawa, Ontario; Nanaimo, British Columbia; Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador; and Halifax, Nova Scotia. Read transcripts of previous meetings.

Fact-finding in Eastern Canada is the third mission undertaken within the country this year. The Committee also carried out site visits in British Columbia last March and in Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia last May.

The Committee intends to table a report in the Senate Chamber with recommendations to the federal government on the regulation of aquaculture by June 30, 2015.


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