This document summarizes environmental practices and regulatory procedures required by the B.C. Ministry of Environment (MoE) for marine finfish netcage aquaculture operations on the B.C. coast. The B.C Ministry of Environment supports the orderly, environmentally responsible development of marine fish farming in British Columbia. The recent and rapid growth of marine fish farming in B.C. has raised concerns from other coastal resource users, public interest groups and government agencies about possible negative environmental effects. Marine fish farms are themselves sensitive to environmental degradation, and rely on good water quality to ensure farm success. There are potential localized environmental impacts of marine fish farms however these impacts are not expected to occur at a well sited farm employing environmentally responsible farm practises and operating in compliance with MoE requirements. This document is intended to assist farm operators to avoid or minimize environmental impacts.
Ministry of Environment. 1990. Environmental Management of Marine Fish Farms. Ministry of Environment
Topic: Fish and Fish Habitats
Keywords: Fish Culture, Environmental Aspects, Waste Disposal, aquaculture, salmon farming
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