Marine Harvest Responds to BC’s New Approach to Salmon Farm Tenures
June 20, 2018 – Campbell River, B.C.
The Province of British Columbia announced today that salmon farming tenures in the Broughton area will continue on a month-to-month basis while important discussions are underway with First Nations. The Province has also told the aquaculture industry that they will be inviting Marine Harvest and other salmon farmers in the area to participate in these discussions.
Marine Harvest is aware of the position of the First Nations leadership in the Broughton area and is hopeful that the company can work constructively with them to address the concerns they have about Marine Harvest’s twelve farming sites, and wild salmon, and maintain jobs that are dependant on those farms operating – many of which are held by people from their communities.
“We share people’s concern for wild salmon. The Prime Minister has asked his Chief Science Advisor to look closely at this issue, and DFO is currently conducting important risk assessments on wild and farmed salmon interactions – we believe this work will add much needed context to the discussion,” said Marine Harvest Canada Managing Director Vincent Erenst.
The Province has also announced that it will be changing its policy regarding the issuance of crown land tenures for salmon farming, and by June 2022 all farms operating in B.C. must have agreements with area First Nations.
“We were not asked for our opinion before this policy was developed, nor were we asked for our feedback on the impacts to our business. In the Broughton, given the position of First Nations this policy change may have a significant impact on coastal communities, we will do everything we can to make sure that’s not the case” added Erenst.
Marine Harvest has a 20-year track record of building partnerships with First Nations on B.C.’s coast and will continue to work respectfully and in a positive manner to develop aquaculture as a strong job creator. Marine Harvest has agreements with 15 First Nations and numerous positive relationships with First Nations owned businesses.
Marine Harvest directly employs 600 people in British Columbia in salmon farming and processing with an annual harvest of 45,000 tonnes of sustainable Atlantic salmon each year. The company has been farming in B.C. for over 30 years and our production is certified to a number of international third-party standards that show B.C. to be one of the world’s most sustainable salmon farming regions.
- Marine Harvest holds 55 licensed ocean salmon farms in B.C. with about 30 operating at any one time, while others lay fallow. 12 of Marine Harvest’s ocean farming tenures are located in the Broughton area.
- Marine Harvest operates six land-based farms, where salmon spend the first half of their lives.
- Marine Harvest operates processing plants in Klemtu, Port Hardy and Surrey B.C.
- Marine Harvest has achieved the standards of numerous independent audited third-party certifications.
- Marine Harvest Canada has a track record of collaboration with First Nation partners – with some agreements dating back 20 years. The company operates within the traditional territories of 24 First Nations and has formal agreements with 15 of these Nations and eight First Nation-owned businesses
- Approximately 20 per cent of the Marine Harvest Canada workforce is of First Nations heritage.
About Marine Harvest Canada:
Marine Harvest Canada operates salmon farms and processing plants in British Columbia, Canada, where 600 people raise 45,000 tonnes of sustainable Atlantic salmon each year. Marine Harvest Canada is part of the Marine Harvest ASA group, the worlds largest producer of Atlantic salmon.