Canadian aquaculture science panel reports findings
December 14, 2018
By Tamar Atik
Since its announcement to strengthen the country’s aquaculture industry, the Canadian government issued an independent panel to examine aquaculture science and how it informs decision-making.
The panel, led by Canada’s chief science advisor Dr. Mona Nemer, recommends that Canada hire a departmental science advisor; develops new initiatives to make the aquaculture sector more sustainable, including developing a framework for aquaculture risk management; and addresses jurisdictional challenges.
“Making decisions based on science and evidence is a top priority of the government,” a joint statement by fisheries minister Jonathan Wilkinson and science minister Kirsty Duncan reads.
The ministers said the government will continue working with its partners to maintain and rebuild wild salmon populations and their habitats, and to ensure scientifically backed decisions are made going forward.
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