How’s this for a business model: You bring together thousands of fish, stick them in an open net in the ocean, despite warnings that the conditions invite infectious disease, and then, when they all get sick, you receive compensation from the Canadian taxpayer.?
Read West Coast Environmental Law's article :
The federal government will compensate Cooke Aquaculture for the hundreds of thousands of salmon ordered destroyed in Shelburne this week"
"The amounts are intended to reflect the reasonable market value that an owner could expect to receive for the fish up to the maximum of $30, as set out in the Compensation for Destroyed Animals Regulations," he said. "In addition, compensation may include costs related to the destruction and disposal of the fish." - CFIA spokesman Guy Gravelle
"Since ISA outbreaks in eastern Canada began, more than $100 million of taxpayers’ dollars have been used to
compensate fish farmers for having to kill ISA-infected salmon that were grown out in open net pens in the ocean."
- Bill Taylor, President, Atlantic Salmon Federation
“Yes, I can confirm that the CFIA has awarded compensation to those eligible fish farms due to the destruction of fish as result of the IHN outbreak. The compensation was awarded as per legislation.” - Dr. Gary Kruger, CFIA
"If you were to take all of the money that's being spent by the federal government through CFIA and add it to all the money that the province is spending in development, clearly we should be able to have closed containment,"
- Liberal fisheries critic Jim Bennett
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