- 2015 Federal Election
Question the candidates
Would you protect wild salmon from open net fish farms?
- Faye Smith
Open net fish farms are dangerous to wild salmon and should not be permitted. The fish farm industry should be regulated in order to protect the wild salmon and to maintain control of this resource for sustained development.
Yes! At minimum in the short-term we should close open-net farms on the major wild salmon migratory routes.
In the longer term, we should help the industry to transition to options such as land-based farms that do not put wild populations at risk.
We believe both wild salmon and aquaculture can co-exist. The recent record return of sockeye is a testament to that. The federal government has taken over regulation of Fin Fish Aquaculture.
Much more rigorous regulation and enhanced enforcement will be placed on the coast to ensure compliance and optimal conditions for both wild and farmed salmon.
Absolutely Faye. Salmon are part of B.C.’s heritage and I believe in ensuring healthy oceans and sustainable salmon stock for our children.
New Democrats would work with industry and workers to transition to closed containment aquaculture systems and I support sustainable aquaculture initiatives that spur job growth.
A Liberal government will provide significant new funds for research on closed containment salmon farming. In addition, we need to restore funds to the DFO and eliminate the conflict in DFO between protection of our fisheries and economic development promotion.
I agree that we should pursue a policy of experimental removal of fish farms from sockeye migration routes and continue the development of commercial-scale land-based fish farming.
One person should not determine the fate of our food supply, not even 308 people should make that decision.
This is a demonstration, given the disproportionate level of risk to the many for the sake of benefits for the very few, of how urgent it is that we decide and act for ourselves. We must update our democracy and determine our own future on this planet. Salmon farming is not a viable industry in a monetary system where prices are subject to real values.
We should try to control the sea lice.