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Promoters can’t also regulate

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12.10.2019

Are they an aquaculture regulator or its staunchest defender?

It’s hard to tell sometimes.

On paper, the responsibilities are clear: the provincial government is, in fact, the chief regulator for the aquaculture industry.

In practice, though, it’s much more.

Our provincial government is certainly an investor in the ocean pen aquaculture business — in a big way. Provincial money has been a linchpin in a number of aquaculture related projects, like the massive aquaculture venture planned for Placentia Bay.

And the support’s more than just money.

When the federal Liberals recently made an election promise to phase out open pen Atlantic salmon farming in British Columbia, the official response from the provincial government was made by Fisheries Minister Gerry Byrne, who told CBC, “Newfoundland and Labrador is a place where much of that salmon production should........

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