Industry, conservationists welcome Ottawa’s delay on B.C. salmon farm transition plan

By Dirk Meissner THE CANADIAN PRESS VICTORIA- Both sides of British Columbia’s contentious fish farm debate are welcoming Ottawa’s move to delay a decision on a planned transition  from open-net salmon farms in the province’s coastal waters. Representatives from B.C.’s salmon farming industry and Indigenous and conservation groups said Tuesday they agree the delay gives federal Fisheries Minister Joyce Murray more time to make the right decision after much confusion. But the minister’s decision to extend consultations is about the only point of the agreement among the opposing sides. Environmental groups and some Indigenous nations say the farms are linked to the transfer of disease to wild salmon. Industry and some local politicians say thousands of jobs are threatened if operations are phased out. A Fisheries and Oceans Canada statement…

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