Island Senator seeks aquaculture industry improvements

Jim Day
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P.E.I. Senator Libbe Hubley looks at some fish in an aquarium at the Atlantic Veterinary College Tuesday. Hubley was at the AVC as part of the ongoing study on aquaculture being conducted by the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans.

P.E.I. Senator Libbe Hubley says Canada may be floundering in aquaculture compared to other countries.

“Comparing Canada’s position in aquaculture with some of the other countries ... we could be doing more we believe,’’ says Hubley.

Hubley was at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown Tuesday as part of the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans’ ongoing study into the current challenges and future prospects of aquaculture.

The senator says the committee has learned that licensing is perhaps a far too cumbersome process with a number of departments involved and numerous regulations needing to be satisfied.

“It can take a long time to get a licence ... there are regulations that have to be met but in some cases we have seen that perhaps having a department of aquaculture that focuses on that is a one-stop shop. It’s more user friendly for those who are looking for licencing.’’

Hubley says a big issue on P.E.I. is striking harmony between the aquaculture industry and landowners, homeowners, communities, vacationers and those who use the water for recreation.

The committee launched its aquaculture regulation study in January 2014.

Since then, it has heard from witnesses during public hearings in Ottawa, B.C., Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia.

The committee intends to table a report in the Senate Chamber by June 30.

Organizations: Atlantic Veterinary College, Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries, Nova Scotia.The committee Senate Chamber

Geographic location: Canada, Charlottetown, Ottawa Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • Joe Doe
    November 19, 2014 - 11:44

    I NEVER KNEW THIS LADY UNTIL I SAW HER PICTURE TODAY.I WOULD HAVE PASSED HER ON THE STREET AND NEVER SHE WAS A PEI SENATOR.PRETTY AMAZING EH.

  • SENATE OBERSVER
    November 19, 2014 - 09:49

    When all is said and done,these people are not ELECTED,they have travelled all over EUROPE ON OUR DIME, they have been doing this since JANUARY 2014...they can visit every fish farm in the world,do all the reports in the world ...NOTHING WILL COME OUT OF IT....just a waste of money,all the while on an expense account and a large pay cheque...The job is the responsibility of the Fed Dept of Fisheries and their scientists.Ms HUBLEY is a nice lady BUT what does she know or the other political appointees KNOW about aquaculture...NIL..total BS..........why are they not looking at other more serious issues like child poverty,education funding,social issues,terrorism...... and even if they did ...nothing would be done either ,but it would get press...

    • Platinus
      November 19, 2014 - 11:33

      MIGOD - how negative a comment. Is that you, Garth ?