Salmon Farming Licences

Provide Opportunities for Indigenous Reconciliation Drive Economic Recovery Enhance Food Security Mitigate Climate Change Help Restore Wild Salmon Populations

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Salmon Farming Licences

Provide Opportunities for Indigenous Reconciliation, Drive Economic Recovery, Enhance Food Security, Mitigate Climate Change, and Help Restore Wild Salmon Populations

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Context & Timing

What's at Stake for Coastal Communities

2022 Licences Renewal Benefits

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Context & Timing

79 federal aquaculture licences will expire on June 30, 2022.

The June 2022 licence renewal process will have an effect on $1.2 billion in economic activity, $427 million in GDP, and more than 4,700 BC workers. This is the footprint of the entire BC salmon farming sector.

Licences Recognize Indigenous Rights and Title

BC salmon farmers hold partnership agreements with 17 First Nations in BC. Each of these agreements is founded upon recognition a First Nations’ right to exercise jurisdiction over the land, resources, and waters within its territories and bring significant direct economic benefits, business opportunities, and jobs to Indigenous communities – many of which have struggled with economic hardship resulting from declines in resource industries.

Licences Support Environmental Protection

BC salmon farming’s high standard of environmental performance has been recognized by multiple independent global environmental certification systems. The sector’s focus on ensuring the sustainability of wild salmon populations has been recognized by 10 formal review processes and multiple scientific investigations that concluded that salmon farming in BC poses a minimal risk to wild Pacific salmon populations.

What's at Stake for Coastal Communities

B.C.’s salmon farming sector is an economic lifeline for rural coastal Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.

If Minister Murray fails to reissue all 79 licences – or if “temporary” licences are issued (i.e., a return to one-year licences) – BC will lose all investment in the sector and thousands of families and small businesses will be left stranded, including the loss of:

4,700+  jobs in BC

$1.2+ Billion  in economic activity in BC each year

$200 Million  in economic activity

900  jobs across the country

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2022 Licence Renewals

Re-issuing licences would:

Drive economic recovery

Reissuing long-term (6-year) licences would re-establish stability and security for the industry. BC salmon farmers would be ready to invest $1.4 billion over the next 30 years.

Deliver on Indigenous reconciliation

BC salmon farmers anticipate that more than 50 additional First Nations partnership agreements will be negotiated over the next 30 years.

Support restoration of wild salmon populations

BC salmon farmers will continue to invest in cutting-edge technologies and innovations that focus on understanding and further reducing risk to surrounding ecosystems with wild salmon being the top priority.

Enhance Canada's food security and sustainability

Reissuing licences would ensure that even more Canadians have secure access to affordable, high-quality protein. Consumption of salmon already approximates 33% of all seafood consumption for Canadians with consumption spiking to 40% during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Help mitigate climate change

Farmed salmon is the lowest carbon-emitting major farmed animal protein. According to The High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, “The largest potential carbon reduction gains for global food production lie in the sustainable expansion of marine aquaculture.”

Align with the Government of Canada's agenda

By saying ‘yes’ to licence reissuance, the Government of Canada will be gaining a partner that can deliver on these promise to lead “action on reconciliation, action on our collective health and well-being, and action on climate change”.

Get to Know the Potential Impacts at a Community Level

B.C.’s salmon farming sector is the socio-economic backbone of many rural coastal Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in B.C. With licence renewal comes the opportunity to invest, innovate, and seize Canada’s Blue Economy opportunity.

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