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Senator Gerald Comeau
Chair, The Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries
The Senate
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A4

Dear Senator Comeau:

I am writing to you in your capacity as Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries. My Department has read with interest the Committee's interim report, entitled Aquaculture in Canada's Atlantic and Pacific Regions. In this context, I would like to point out that Fisheries and Oceans Canada is currently executing an Aquaculture Action Plan with a two-fold objective of increasing:

As part of this plan, DFO has recently released an Aquaculture Policy Framework (attached) that articulates DFO's vision for aquaculture development and defines how the Department will work with its various partners and stakeholders to enable the responsible growth and sustainable development of this important industry.

Overall, the Committee's report is balanced and provides an excellent overview of many of the issues currently facing the aquaculture sector. While the report addresses a number of environmental challenges associated with aquaculture, it also clearly highlights the potential of the sector to contribute to communities and makes specific recommendations regarding the achievement of this potential (e.g. siting, government industrial support, inter-jurisdictional collaboration, and government investments in scientific research).

The recommendations and views contained in the Standing Senate Committee's report are thus timely and will be further considered as Fisheries and Oceans Canada continues to implement the Aquaculture Action Plan.

At this time, I am forwarding to you my Department's response to the recommendations contained in the Committee's report.

In closing, I would ask that you convey my appreciation to members of the Committee for the time and effort that went into preparing this report. I appreciate the important role the Senate plays in considering issues that are of interest and concern to Canadians, and providing advice to the government.

Yours truly,

Robert G. Thibault


c.c. Barbara Reynolds, Clerk