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Mr. Tom Wappel
Chair, Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

Dear Mr. Wappel:

I am pleased to respond on behalf of the Government of Canada to the Report of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans on The Federal Role in Aquaculture in Canada, tabled in the House of Commons on April 8, 2003.

I would like to thank the Committee for its hard work on this issue over the past few years. The Government has given consideration to the report and firmly believes in the need to take measures to ensure that aquaculture in Canada remains competitive while preserving key environmental and social values associated with Canada's marine heritage.

The Government takes its role in aquaculture very seriously and is addressing its responsibilities through a number of measures, including the delivery of a comprehensive Aquaculture Action Plan aimed at increasing public confidence in the sustainability of aquaculture and supporting industry competitiveness in international markets. This plan includes a Program for Sustainable Aquaculture, the development of an enabling policy and regulatory environment, identification and delivery of industry support programs, inter-jurisdictional cooperation and communications with Canadians.

The attached response highlights the Government's recognition of some of the Committee's recommendations as being helpful, while deferring other recommendations that, in the current context, would not necessarily lead to effective solutions to support the sustainable development of the aquaculture industry. The recommendations and views contained in the Report of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans will also be further considered as Fisheries and Oceans Canada continues to implement its Aquaculture Action Plan.

On behalf of the Government, I would like to thank the members of the Committee for their interest in this important matter and for their suggestions as to ways to support the sustainable development of the aquaculture industry for the benefit of all Canadians.

Yours truly,

Robert G. Thibault