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CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C. – DFO has carried out nine scientifically peer-reviewed risk assessments to determine the impact of interactions between wild Pacific salmon and farmed salmon in responding to the recommendations of the Cohen Commission. This work clearly shows that ocean-based salmon farms pose no more than a minimal risk of serious harm to wild salmon populations in the Discovery Islands. Sound science will support the stability and shared values our industry is bringing to the coast today and into the future.

Salmon farming is part of the economic fabric of BC. Working closely and openly with Indigenous Peoples is how salmon farmers in BC are working to create a shared future of economic opportunity and environmental stewardship. We look forward to participating fully in the upcoming dialogue announced today by the federal government.