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B.C. government releases advisory council report on finfish aquaculture

A moratorium on issuing new tenures for finfish aquaculture will remain in place while the province considers the recommendations in a newly-released report put out by the Minister of Agriculture’s Advisory Council on Finfish Aquaculture (MAACFA)

“It’s a very difficult issue, there’s a lot of varying opinions,” Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham said in a teleconference with provincial media, “and I think the report is substantial and will give us a lot to work with.”

The advisory council was formed in 2016 by the province to provide strategic advice and policy guidance to the Minister of Agriculture about the future, and issuance, of new Crown-land tenures for marine-based salmon aquaculture in British Columbia. The members of MAACFA included representatives from the aquaculture industry, academia, non-governmental organizations, First Nations and federal and provincial government officials. 

The minister said the government has been studying the report and its recommendations since it was completed in January. The council met 12 times between July 2016 and January 2018 when the report was handed in.

The minister acknowledged that the issue of fish farms on the B.C. coast has been “quite contentious” for the past 30 years and that the recommendations in the report reflect a number of viewpoints.

Andhra Pradesh signs business pact with Dubai group

Aimed at attracting investors from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Andhra Pradesh, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was exchanged between the Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB) and Dubai-based Business Leaders Forum (BLF) in the presence of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.

At a meeting with a team of BLF, a platform to facilitate investment between India and UAE, at his residence in Undavalli, near here, on Thursday, the Chief Minister said that Andhra Pradesh can provide the best facilities and the ecosystem for investments in every sector.Naidu asserted that AP is better than UAE in providing more opportunities for investments due to the availability infrastructure, human resources, water and several other factors.

Reiterating his commitment to turn AP into a hub of agriculture, horticulture aquaculture and livestock development, he said the State government has adopted innovative education models.He wanted the delegates to proceed to create an action plan in coordination with APEDB, and follow up with possible investments. Speaking on the occasion, the delegates said that the forum is keen to facilitate investments in IT infrastructure, education, health, mining and other sectors. They proposed investments in the PPP mode in various sectors.