NEWS RELEASE · 15th May 2007
OTTAWA - On the eve of the scheduled final report of the BC legislative committee tasked with taking the pulse of the province on sustainable aquaculture, Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen repeated his call for northern British Columbia to be a fish farm free zone.
"I will be looking for an outright ban on fish farms in the northwest," Cullen said from Ottawa. "The public in my riding is overwhelmingly opposed to fish farms of any sort in northern waters and I hope the committee heeds this call."
Cullen said salmon management cannot be a partisan issue, that science, the health of the resource and public wishes must be the guiding forces in developing fish farm policy.
Cullen introduced a Private Member's motion in the House of Commons last month calling for a fish farm free northern BC.
The final report of the BC Special Committee on Sustainable Aquaculture is due to be released tomorrow in Victoria. The committee has spent 18 months touring BC communities and studying scientific data. Cullen testified against fish farms at the committee hearing in Smithers last October.