moved for leave to introduce Bill C-228, An Act to amend the Fisheries Act (closed containment aquaculture).
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to introduce a bill, seconded by my good friend, the member for Skeena—Bulkley Valley, which would strengthen the Fisheries Act by requiring British Columbia fish farms to move from harmful open-net pens to safe, closed containment systems. My bill would direct the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans to develop, table, and implement a transition plan to move to closed containment, while ensuring protection for those who are currently working in the industry.
The science is clear: B.C.'s wild salmon is in a vulnerable state. Transitioning to closed containment will help protect our wild salmon from sea lice, pollutants, and other harmful substances that come from open net farms. Canada has the potential to be leaders in closed containment technology.
This important legislation is a step toward ensuring our wild salmon will remain healthy for generations to come. I hope all members of the House will support it.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)