Bennett Encouraged by Minister Looking at Closed Containment

September 4, 2013
For Immediate Release

Bennett encouraged by Minister’s openness to closed containment

Liberal Fisheries Critic Jim Bennett says he is very pleased to hear that the Department of Fisheries is finally open to learning more about the benefits of closed containment to help progress the aquaculture industry in the province. Bennett wrote the Minister last month to encourage him to attend the International Summit on Fish Farming in Land-Based Closed Containment Systems taking place this week at the National Conservation Training Centre in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

Bennett was notified by the Minister today that a representative from the Aquaculture Development Division is present at this important conference showcasing the latest on the emerging trend for closed containment technology.

“I am encouraged that the Minister saw this summit as an opportunity to learn more about this technology and how it can play a role in the sustainable development of the aquaculture industry,” says Bennett.

The MHA for St. Barbe has been a strong proponent of the province transitioning to a closed-containment system over time to ensure that our aquaculture industry is at the forefront of new technology. “We cannot afford to be left behind and I am looking forward to hearing what the department finds at this summit so it can be integrated into policy decisions that should strengthen our aquaculture industry in the long-term.”

Included: MHA Jim Bennett Letter and Minister Derrick Dalley Letter

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