Licensing Decision Raises Serious Questions About Canada’s Commitments
February 17, 2023
Minister Joyce Murray’s decision not to issue salmon aquaculture licences in the Laich-kwil-tach territory, referred to as the Discovery Islands region of British Columbia, is a further blow to BC’s largest agricultural export and for all of the coastal British Columbia communities that rely on salmon farming as a primary economic driver. We had hoped today’s announcement by the Government of Canada would correct the flawed previous decision and begin the path to recovery and certainty.
“We are very disappointed that Minister Murray has decided not to issue any salmon aquaculture licenses in the Laich-kwil-tach territory,” says Dr. Diane Morrison, Managing Director at Mowi Canada West. “This decision, along with previous decisions, continues to raise serious questions about Canada’s commitment to First Nations reconciliation, its food producers, and the health of coastal communities. Our company, along with the Wei Wai Kum and We Wai Kai First Nations had provided the Minister a very reasonable path forward that would help Canada achieve its stated vision for sustainable aquaculture and advance its Blue Economy Strategy. She has regrettably chosen not to accept this opportunity.”
The company is now reviewing the decision and is considering its legal options.
Additional news releases:
Coalition of First Nations for Finfish Stewardship <CLICK HERE>
BC Salmon Farmers Association <CLICK HERE>
Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance <CLICK HERE>