B.C. suspends issuing licences for salmon farms

British Columbia will not issue new licences and tenures for finfish aquaculture, including salmon farms, on the central coast while it examines a new approach to managing the controversial industry.

Salmon farms have been blamed for destruction of wild salmon stocks and have drawn ire from environmentalists and First Nations in the province.

Agriculture Minister Pat Bell said the new approach will be developed in collaboration with First Nations to protect the health of wild salmon.

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