Plans are moving along for the federal government to take over regulatory jurisdiction of aquaculture in December, but the change in operations has some people concerned. BC Salmon Farmers not only feel that the allocated money for changing systems is insufficient, but that the proposed regulations lack clarity about interim operations and compliance.
“The federal government has allocated $8-8.5 million to pay for this new regulatory system each year,” the BCSFA said in a release Monday. “Salmon farmers don’t feel that’s enough to cover the increased staffing and monitoring that has been outlined in the regulations – and are sensitive to significant fee increases for their operations because of the already-high operational costs in the area.” . . . [read full article]