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Canadian PM Justin Trudeau's liberal party vows to close netpen salmon farms by 2025, move to land-based

The platform, which claims it would consider all forms of 'closed containment' production, comes ahead of a tight election.

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Justin Trudeau's Liberal party in Canada launched its full campaign platform on Sunday, which included a major proposed change to the country's salmon farming industry.

"In British Columbia, we will work with the province to develop a responsible plan to transition from open net pen salmon farming in coastal waters to closed containment systems by 2025," the plan said.

The plan is part of what the party has dubbed "Canada's first-ever Aquaculture Act."

"To keep Canada’s oceans healthy, we will move forward with more investments in marine science and fighting invasive species, and will work with coastal communities, Indigenous communities, and others to better protect fish stocks and marine habitats from changes resulting from climate change," the 85-page document said.

The plan largely echoes a plan released earlier this month by the Country's even more left-wing Green Party, which also stated a goal to move all net-pen farming to RAS by 2025.

The Green Party's plan goes a step further, stating the country should remove "Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s mandate to promote salmon aquaculture and shift regulation of aquaculture to Agriculture and Agrifood Canada, thereby eliminating DFO’s conflicting roles of aquaculture promotion and wild salmon protection."

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Trudeau, who took power in 2015, has been beset by a series of scandals in recent months, and with just three weeks until the next election, has rolled out a series of proposals aimed at increasing support, including reducing taxes.

Among the most damning scandals has been the emergence of photos of the PM wearing blackface makeup. Trudeau's Liberal Party appeared well placed to beat the Conservative party prior to the scandal.

The platform is only the latest warning shot against netpen salmon farming in Canada, and in British Columbia in particular. Late last year, the Governments of British Columbia and several Canadian First Nations group reached an agreement on Friday to close a series of sites in the Broughton Archipelago off the Northeast coast of Vancouver Island to allow for unimpeded migration of wild salmon in the area.

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