Transition plan for open-net pen fish farms

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Overview

DFO has committed to developing a plan by 2025 to transition from open net-pen aquaculture in British Columbia coastal waters. FNFC facilitates First Nations meetings with opportunities to provide input on what this Transition Plan may look like
and to discuss what transition means.

We echo the importance of respecting First Nations right to self-determination, and highlight that transition may be different for First Nations in different areas, which was the focus and intent of the original intervention by the Leadership Council and the FNFC. The opinions and interests of First Nations in aquaculture are diverse, including some First Nations that operate and/or are in partnership with industry. While First Nations have different levels of interest in the pursuit of aquaculture activities, First Nations share a common interest in responsible aquaculture management that is consistent with their values and respects their inherent title, rights, responsibilities, jurisdictions, and laws. 

In connection to this, we support First Nations collaboration, and aim to bring a strong coherent voice to influence Open Net-Pen Transition Plan development through a First Nations Coalition Working Group. As directed by the Aquaculture Coordinating Committee (ACC), FNFC is working with DFO to support First Nations engagement in the development of the transition plan. We will be hosting workshops and supporting the collaborative development of recommendations and responses.

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Janson Wong, Senior Manager,
janson@fnfisheriescouncil.ca