Seeks Strong Partnership to Spur Jobs & Growth
OTTAWA, July 15, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance
(CAIA) today welcomed the Honourable Gail Shea as the new federal
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and expressed their enthusiasm to work
together to create new jobs and growth following today's cabinet
shuffle by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
"We look forward to working in close partnership with Minister Shea to
hasten the pace and broaden the reach of the economic and health
benefits that flow from Canada's farmed seafood sector," said Ruth
Salmon, Executive Director of CAIA. "Canada has an opportunity to lead
the world as we build upon and expand a responsibly developed
aquaculture industry. With the new Minister's leadership we are
confident this moment can be seized."
The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans holds lead federal responsibility
for aquaculture and Canada's farmed seafood sector, which operates in
every part of the country creating well-paying jobs for thousands of
Canadians while providing consumers with highly nutritious and healthy
seafood for their daily diet.
As demand for nutritious and safe seafood outstrips the production
capacity of the wild fishery, aquaculture has grown substantially
worldwide. Each year demand grows worldwide by 7% to 9%. This has led
to intense global competition as nations such as Norway, New Zealand
and Scotland have expanded their capacity significantly. During this
time, Canada's industry has remained largely unchanged suggesting the
opportunity to grow and recapture a sizable portion of global market
share is substantial.
"With a supportive policy and regulatory environment, our industry is
ready to expand dramatically, creating new jobs and growth, much of
that activity in coastal and aboriginal communities," added Salmon.
CAIA also took the opportunity to thank outgoing Fisheries and Ocean
Minister Keith Ashfield for his dedication and work on behalf of
Canada's farmed seafood sector.
"Minister Ashfield recognized the potential of our industry and provided
appreciated leadership in fostering a national vision for our growth,"
concluded Salmon. "His is a record and approach that we can build
CAIA members generate over $2 billion in economic activity, over $1
billion in GDP, and employ over 14,500 Canadians. Our mission is to
unlock the full range of economic, environmental and public health
benefits that flow from a competitive, sustainable and growing farmed
To learn more about aquaculture in Canada visit www.aquaculture.ca.
SOURCE: Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance
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