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Ottawa set to stop open-net salmon farms in B.C., giving the industry 5 years to transition

  • The Liberal government will honor its 2019 promise to phase out open-net salmon farms in coastal B.C. waters, providing the industry five years to transition to land-based operations.
  • Licenses for open-net fish farms will be renewed for five years, after which these farms must shift to land-based systems.
  • The decision is driven by concerns over the risks posed to wild salmon by open-net farms, including sea lice, and has been supported by conservationists and Indigenous groups.
  • The transition plan aims to balance environmental protection with economic impacts, as the salmon farming industry is significant to the local economy.