B.C. salmon farmers were shocked by last week’s revelation because Wilkinson has been working with them and other stakeholders on advisory committees that they thought were intended to make the industry more sustainable – not shut it down.
“The Liberal party position on aquaculture is deeply troubling,” Greg D’Avignon, president of the Business Council of BC, said in a tweet. “It flies in the face of science & is an affront to the thousands of families & rural businesses that depend on this responsible industry including First Nations.”
Some First Nations in B.C. fiercely oppose salmon farming; others support it. About 20% of the workers employed in B.C.’s salmon farming industry are First Nations.