Take a stance on open pen fish farms

Open pen fish farming introduces waste, parasites, and disease into shoreline waters, putting wild salmon at risk. Farmed salmon are less healthful in human diets because they contain more fat but fewer Omega-3 healthy fats. One of the main ingredients fed to farmed salmon is poultry meal -- essentially a low quality waste product from the agricultural industry. In 2016 the Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw First Nation served an eviction notice to a fish farm operated by Cermaq. The Cohen Commission makes 11 recommendations specifically related to the farmed salmon industry -- these may help to inform a platform stance on fish farming. The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans shoulders much of the responsibility for managing coastal waters, so any platform stance would necessarily involve a federal collaboration.

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