Share and view ideas: Discussion framework for a BC aquaculture open-net pen transition plan
On September 6, this survey was taken down from this website and republished on September 28. As a consequence, the survey input window has been extended to October 27 to ensure the total available opportunity for input is not reduced.
We updated our survey questions on September 28th, 2022 to provide greater clarity. Submissions received prior to September 6 will continue to be taken into consideration and will be given equal weight to those received after the republication. If you filled out the survey prior to September 6, but feel that these updates could change your responses, you may fill out the survey again.
Current status: Open
Opened on August 11, 2022 and will close to new input on October 27, 2022.
In collaboration with partners, including the Province of British Columbia and Indigenous communities, we're developing a responsible plan to transition from open-net pen salmon aquaculture in coastal B.C. waters. The proposed vision of this open-net pen transition plan is to advance innovation and growth of sustainable aquaculture in British Columbia that progressively minimizes or eliminates interactions between open-net pens and wild salmon, while also taking into account social, cultural and economic objectives.
Public consultation on the open-net pen transition plan provides an opportunity for British Columbians, including First Nations and the aquaculture industry, to provide their views on the future of aquaculture in British Columbia. A discussion framework has been developed to support these conversations. The input gathered through this process will be used to inform the development of the transition plan.
This public online survey is part of a broader, phased engagement and consultation process which is being undertaken in a phased approach. The Province of B.C., First Nations, local governments, industry, environmental groups, and other parties are included in the broader process.
- Phase 1 (late July to September 2022) focuses on information sharing and initial input on the Framework through virtual workshops and online consultation
- Phase 2 (September to December 2022) will provide opportunities for detailed dialogue and ideas exchange through workshops, roundtables, and meetings. Invitations will be emailed to First Nations and stakeholders in September for participation in Phase 2 focused dialogue. In this phase more detailed information will be presented which will look at options and recommendations for inclusion in the final plan
- Phase 3 (January to March 2023) will ensure that all interested First Nations who want to continue their dialogue with us to ensure that they are thoroughly engaged and consulted in discussion related to potential outcomes of a Transition Plan. All stakeholder groups will have the opportunity to hear and respond to the input of other groups
- Phase 4 (March to June 2023) will be a continuation of consultations, but more focused on addressing specific concerns and ensuring that perspectives are meaningfully considered in drafting the final transition plan.
New options, issues and concerns raised in each phase will be assessed and incorporated into updated materials to be shared with First Nations and stakeholders in subsequent phases. This phased engagement and consultation will invite perspectives to be meaningfully considered in collaborative development of a final transition plan. Once a transition plan is finalized in Spring 2023, we will further engage with First Nations and stakeholders on the next phases of plan implementation.
Join in: How to participate
Complete the online survey.
Who is the focus of this consultation
We are engaging with:
- First Nations
- Local governments
- Stakeholders, including academics and environmental organizations
- British Columbians
Key questions for discussion
You are invited to provide input on the 4 objectives proposed for an open-net pen transition plan:
- Transition from open-net pen salmon aquaculture: For the existing marine-based salmon aquaculture industry, create a regulatory climate which will incent adoption of alternative production technology and tools with the goal of progressively minimizing or eliminating interactions between cultured and wild salmon
- Trust and transparency: Improve trust and transparency in processes which assess and respond to new scientific information, demonstrating clear and quantifiable improvement in sustainable performance, ensuring Canadians have confidence in management of aquaculture
- Reconciliation and Indigenous partnerships: Support enhanced First Nations’ engagement in the management of aquaculture, including through collaborative planning and decision-making
- Growth in B.C. sustainable aquaculture innovation: A whole-of-government approach to attract investment and advance innovation and development of new alternative production technology systems, including closed containment, to make B.C. a global leader in innovative aquaculture, which minimizes environmental impact
- State of Salmon Aquaculture Technologies, 2019
- Open-net pen transition plan: initial engagement process "As was heard" report
- A summary of the Indigenous and Multi-stakeholder Advisory Body (IMAB) on aquaculture engagement process
- The Future of Salmon Aquaculture in British Columbia - Toward an Open-Net Pen Transition Plan: A Framework for Discussion
By email: DFO.PACAquacultureEngagement-EngagementdelaquaculturePAC.MPO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
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