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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.