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December 18th, 2020

NDP MP GORD JOHNS ISSUES STATEMENT ON DISCOVERY ISLANDS FISH FARMS

Parksville – NDP Critic for Fisheries and Oceans, Gord Johns, issued the following statement concerning Minister Bernadette Jordan’s decision to phase-out the Discovery Islands fish farms:

“The government has known for years that salmon farms have had a negative impact on migrating juvenile Fraser River sockeye, so today’s announcement is a win for wild salmon and the communities that rely on it. I wish the government hadn’t wasted all that time getting to today. What’s needed now is a strong transition plan for the affected workers and impacted communities. I also hope that today’s announcement shows the Liberals are committed to making the long-term decisions needed to save wild Pacific salmon. With a budget coming in March, there must be significantly increased investment in salmon protections and habitat restoration. Now is not the time to claim success when there is so much more work to be done to save wild Pacific salmon.”