Canada welcomes new fisheries and oceans minister
The Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance (CAIA) on Monday welcomed Gail Shea as the new federal minister of Fisheries and Oceans.
The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans holds lead federal responsibility for aquaculture and Canada's farmed seafood sector. Shea takes the place of Keith Ashfield.
“We look forward to working in close partnership with Minister Shea to hasten the pace and broaden the reach of the economic and health benefits that flow from Canada’s farmed seafood sector,” said Ruth Salmon, CAIA executive director. “Canada has an opportunity to lead the world as we build upon and expand a responsibly developed aquaculture industry. With the new minister’s leadership we are confident this moment can be seized.
“With a supportive policy and regulatory environment, our industry is ready to expand dramatically, creating new jobs and growth, much of that activity in coastal and aboriginal communities.
“Minister Ashfield recognized the potential of our industry and provided appreciated leadership in fostering a national vision for our growth. His is a record and approach that we can build on.”