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Newfoundland industry association support of aquaculture act plans

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The Canadian Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers (CCFAM) has decided to advance the legislative development process for an Aquaculture Act in Canada.

The province’s aquaculture industry association is lauding the decision of the Canadian Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers to make the push for a specific act governing the industry, which is currently operating under the 150-year-old Fisheries Act that doesn’t define aquaculture. 

The Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association (NAIA), which represents more than 120 members from around the world, was pleased to see the federal and provincial ministers for recognizing the industry’s importance to the Canadian economy, particularly in rural coastal communities. 

A federal regulatory regime focused on innovation, economic growth and sustainability, NAIA says, will allow for new business opportunities and jobs in rural areas of Newfoundland and Labrador. 

“We look forward to collaborating with Indigenous, federal, provincial, and non-government partners to draft and modernize Canada’s legislation and regulations with the goal of keeping our seafood farming business competitive, innovative and growing sustainably,” NAIA executive director Mark Lane stated in a release.

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