OTTAWA -- Canada's seafood farmers produced a solid year of sustainable growth and new jobs in 2016 according to a new report released today by the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance (CAIA). The report, Sustainable, Diverse and Growing – The State of Farmed Seafood in Canada 2017, shows revenues reached $1.35 billion in 2016, and included an economic impact of $5.1 billion, jobs totaling 25,040, and Indigenous participation across the nation.
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"Canada's seafood farmers have much to be proud of in 2017. They are producing the highest quality farmed seafood, they are creating year-round jobs, and they are opening new opportunities for local Indigenous communities," said Timothy Kennedy, Executive Director of CAIA in releasing the report. "Farmed seafood in Canada is sustainable, diverse and growing. We are playing a leadership role on environmental stewardship and creating high value middle class jobs. We are excited by the future opportunities."
The encouraging outlook is based on the latest Statistics Canada data. Highlights from the report include:
Solid Production, Revenues & Exports in 2016
"This report reconfirms that farmed seafood in Canada is an increasingly important food source, and that is why we support the Government of Canada's leadership for a new federal Aquaculture Act," added Mr. Kennedy. "A new Act will enable a vibrant, responsible and sustainable farmed seafood sector in Canada for generations to come. It will hold us to account as we grow sustainably to meet future demand."
Canada remains the world's only major farmed seafood producing country without modern national legislation specifically designed to govern a responsible and sustainable aquaculture industry.
According to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization aquaculture will account for two-thirds of the global food fish consumption by 2030.
See the full report HERE.
SOURCE Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance
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