The Letter of Understanding (LOU) reached between three First Nations, both the provincial and federal governments and industry, outlines an agreed upon plan for operations in the Broughton LOU defined area, addresses the needs of wild salmon, and puts in place a process for Indigenous oversight of farm operations.
“We are heartened by the outcome of the conversations held around the Broughton government-to-government LOU table. For Cermaq Canada, this plan is important in terms of reconciliation and reflects Cermaq Canada ongoing approach to doing business in First Nation’s Territories,” says Cermaq Canada Managing Director David Kiemele. “As part of the plan, we will be removing both our Cliff Bay farm and our Burdwood farm, which are located near an important wild salmon migration route. The plan also calls for the establishment of an Indigenous Monitoring and Inspection Program, which will allow for increased transparency and accountability.”
The plan also states and that all parties will work to rebuild salmon runs in the Broughton region. The guidelines and actions proposed within the LOU are inline with work already underway by Cermaq to support salmon habitat enhancement and restoration programs.
Cermaq is committed to move forward, together, in a way that will help to protect and enhance wild salmon populations, and the aim of further development of sustainable and responsible production of farmed salmon for generations to come. This aligns with Cermaq’s strong support of the UNs Sustainable Development Goals and the Action Platform on Sustainable Ocean Business.
“We would like to thank the steering committee for allowing Cermaq to participate in the LOU process, where we have participated constructively and are committed to the path ahead. We respect the traditional Rights Holders, and acknowledge the importance of a healthy wild salmon population in the Broughton Archipelago. In the spirit of reconciliation, we are listening and learning about the important status that wild salmon have in Indigenous communities from a social, spiritual, and traditional viewpoint,” says Cermaq Canada Directors of Sustainable Development Linda Sams. “We will be working with the steering committee and various levels of Government as the Indigenous Monitoring and Inspection Program is developed.”
Cermaq Canada is committed to being a responsible and sustainable salmon farmer that contributes to Canada’s growing blue economy while supporting the Province’s low carbon initiatives. Cermaq Canada; responsible salmon for better living.
For more information, please contact Amy Jonsson, Cermaq communications specialist at 250-202-7680, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.