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Canada’s federal government on Thursday released its 2013 draft budget, including a nearly CAD 58 million contribution to regulation, research and monitoring/reporting work for the aquaculture industry.

The BC Salmon Farmers Association (BCSFA) welcomed the news, stating that federal funds earmarked for more research and better regulation will help the province's salmon-farming community and protect wild salmon stocks and habitat.

“We’re glad to see the federal government focus on regulatory certainty for our farmers. Improvements here will not only provide more security in our sector, but will ensure that the highest standards are being set for our operations,” said Mary Ellen Walling, BCFSA executive director.

“It is good to see recognition from the government of Canada of the importance of our work now and the need to maintain sustainable development into the future. We are proud of the work our farmers are doing and the contributions they make to local communities — that can increase with the kind of attention laid out in this budget.”

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