National Fisherman

Opposition fisheries critic Jim Bennett, MHA for St. Barbe, says it's mind boggling that the Newfoundland government continues to approve open net aquaculture when the rest of the country is headed in the opposite direction.

Bennett responded, in a news release today, to Friday's announcement from the British Columbia Liberal government that it would accept the intent of eight of the recent Cohen Commission's recommendations and refuse to issue any more open net fish farm licenses until 2020.

Bennett said, last week Nova Scotia's NDP government, for the very first time, rejected an open net fish farm license after the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans concluded that such fish farms posed a risk to wild salmon stocks.

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Inside the Industry

The anti-mining group Salmon Beyond Borders expressed disappointment and dismay last week at Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s announcement that he has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with B.C. Premier Christy Clark.

This came just days after his administration asked members of his newly-formed Transboundary Rivers Citizens Advisory Work Group to provide comment on a Draft Statement of Cooperation associated with Transboundary mining.


NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.

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