Statement regarding Minister Joyce Murray's most recent decision not to re-issue salmon farm licenses in the Discovery Islands
Last week, the Government of Canada, represented by Fisheries Minister Joyce Murray announced a decision not to re-issue salmon farm licenses in a region they are referring to as the Discovery Islands. Three of Cermaq Canada’s farm licenses located in the Klahoose Nation and the Laich-kwil-tach Nations territories, respectively, were not reissued. We are reviewing the decision in more detail but are disappointed and dismayed by this decision that makes no sense in a time when food security and jobs matter so much. This decision provides no stability to our company and greatly impacts our employees who have experienced a tumultuous few years, as this latest decision was contemplated over several iterations of flawed engagement attempts by DFO.