An Act to amend the Fisheries Act (closed containment aquaculture)


Lisa Marie Barron  NDP

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Outside the Order of Precedence (a private member's bill that hasn't yet won the draw that determines which private member's bills can be debated), as of March 4, 2022

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This enactment amends the Fisheries Act to prohibit finfish aquaculture for commercial purposes in Canadian fisheries waters off the Pacific Coast except when it is carried out in closed containment facilities. It also requires the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans to prepare, table in Parliament and implement a plan to support the transition to the use of closed containment facilities and to protect the jobs and financial security of workers in that sector.


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Fisheries ActRoutine Proceedings

March 4th, 2022 / 12:10 p.m.
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Lisa Marie Barron NDP Nanaimo—Ladysmith, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-258, An Act to amend the Fisheries Act (closed containment aquaculture).

Mr. Speaker, British Columbians understand that wild Pacific salmon are facing an emergency, one that threatens first nations, coastal communities, commercial fishers, recreational anglers and the entire ecosystem that relies on wild salmon. I am bringing forward this bill to ensure that Canada is protecting wild Pacific salmon and creating a real plan to move away from harmful open-net pen fish farming. This bill calls upon the minister as well to develop a transition plan, a plan that recognizes that workers cannot be left behind during the transition to a more sustainable economy.

I am proud to follow in the footsteps of members of this House, including the member for Courtenay—Alberni and the former member for Port Moody—Coquitlam, Fin Donnelly, who have previously championed this legislation.

With the support of all members of this House, we can protect wild Pacific salmon and become leaders in closed containment aquaculture.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)