Adam Olsen on the Broughton fish farm decision
So many British Columbians are disappointed by the BCNDP’s decision on fish farms. What would you have done differently you might ask me? Well, after receiving the Ministry of Agriculture’s Advisory Council of Finfish and Aquaculture (MAACFA) report in February 2018, the BC Green Caucus would have told the Broughton fish farms that their provincial tenures would not be renewed. We would have permitted them to grow the salmon already in their pens to harvest size, and once those salmon were harvested we would have given them time to decommission the site safely. We would have consulted with all leadership of First Nations in B.C. Not just the ones with fish farms in their backyard. Because we know that salmon are foundational to all First Nations. We would have articulated an alternative vision to the open net-pen fish farms. We would have done it early and clearly and we would have invested in it. A vision of healthy coastal and remote communities who are leaders in land-based sustainable aquaculture, tourism that capitalizes on healthy environments, and the restoration of wild salmon populations. We would invest in land-based fish farm innovation, retraining, land acquisition, and branding to help communities makes the transition. It is important to note here that this is not going to be the last time government will have to plan for and support industry in transition. With disruption in the emerging economies, if we want to succeed in the future we are going to have to get good at supporting workers in transition. Now you know what we would have done, let me know what you think in the comments below.