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Some Trudeau government ocean initiatives greeted with skepticism in Halifax – CBC

by ahnationtalk on January 16, 202028 Views

Federal Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan met for the first time this week with East Coast counterparts

Jan 16, 2020

The Trudeau government’s plans for ocean protection were front and centre Wednesday as the new federal fisheries minister met for the first time with her counterparts from Canada’s five eastern provinces.

Ottawa’s plans include a dramatic increase in the amount of marine protected areas, phasing out open-net pen fish farms on the West Coast and a new aquaculture act.

The commitment to scrap open-net pen fish farms in British Columbia — unveiled during the fall federal election — will leave Canada with different rules for fin fish aquaculture on both coasts.

During their meeting with Fisheries and Oceans Minister Bernadette Jordan, Atlantic ministers appeared to have little appetite for banning open-net pens on salmon farms.

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