Public engagement on the transition of open-net pen aquaculture in British Columbia
Current status: Closed
This consultation ran from February 11, 2021 to March 26, 2021.
See the as-was-heard report for a summary of the feedback received.
We were seeking input on the development of a plan to transition open-net pen marine finfish aquaculture in coastal British Columbia waters by 2025. Close collaboration with the Province of British Columbia, Indigenous communities, industry, and other stakeholders will be critical in ensuring the transition is workable, economically feasible, and takes into account social impacts.
This engagement process is the first step in a series of outreach activities on the transition plan. The input received from Canadians will advise the development of the interim report, developed by Terry Beech, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister and Member of Parliament for Burnaby North – Seymour, which will be presented to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, and used to inform the next steps of engagement to develop the transition plan.
Join in: How to participate
Share your ideas online
Use the online form. (You won’t need to sign up for an account or provide any personal information.)
Privacy notice statement
The Government of Canada is committed to respecting the privacy of participants. Participation in the activity is completely voluntary. You have the right to the correction of, access to, and protection of your personal information under the Privacy Act and to file a complaint with the Privacy Commissioner of Canada over DFO's handling of your information.
Please do not provide any personal information/history.
Feedback provided can be subject to access to information and privacy requests and will be administered in accordance with the Access to Information Act and Privacy Act.
Written comments can be submitted anonymously, no return address is required.
Who is the focus of this engagement
Terry Beech, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister and Member of Parliament for Burnaby North – Seymour is leading virtual engagements sessions with:
- First Nations in B.C.
- the aquaculture industry and associations
- non-government and environmental organizations
- provincial, municipal and local governments
- external scientists
These sessions were being complemented by this online survey, to allow those who cannot participate in the virtual sessions, and the Canadian public, to have their opinions heard.
Key questions for discussion
Our vision is to position British Columbia as a global leader in innovative and sustainable aquaculture production, while protecting and rebuilding wild fish stocks as we transition from open-net pen salmon farming on the West Coast.
We are seeking ideas and input on:
- the definition and development process of a responsible transition of open-net pen aquaculture in coastal British Columbia waters
- new and existing aquaculture technology and incentives for facilitating the transition
- British Columbia’s competitive advantage in the field of aquaculture
- advancing reconciliation with Indigenous communities
- environmental and economic considerations of aquaculture
- the protection of Pacific salmon
- News release: Public engagement on the transition of open-net pen aquaculture in British Columbia
- State of Salmon Aquaculture Technologies, 2019
- An Ocean of Opportunities: Aquaculture in Canada
- 2018 Report of the Independent Expert Panel on Aquaculture Science
- Summary of the Indigenous and Multi-stakeholders Advisory Body (IMAB) on aquaculture engagement process
- News Release: Canada takes next step towards transitioning open-net pens in coastal B.C. waters
Aquaculture Management Division – Pacific Region
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
401 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 3R2
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