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Open-pen salmon farming to continue in N.B., despite closure on West Coast

  • New Brunswick’s Aquaculture Minister, Margaret Johnson, supports continuing marine-based net-pen salmon farming despite the federal ban in British Columbia by 2029, emphasizing the industry’s economic benefits and sustainability.
  • The federal government respects provincial jurisdiction over aquaculture in New Brunswick, contrasting with its regulatory authority in B.C.
  • Conservation groups in New Brunswick, such as the Atlantic Salmon Federation, criticize open-net-pen salmon farming for environmental risks, including sea lice, disease, and interbreeding with wild salmon, and advocate for stricter regulations or a shift to land-based containment.
  • Cooke Seafood defends the industry as sustainable and economically vital, while dismissing criticism from environmental groups as unfounded.