Last month, the federal Fisheries Minister announced that salmon farms in the Discovery Islands would be closed within 18 months. (Photo courtesy Grieg Seafood BC)

Last month, the federal Fisheries Minister announced that salmon farms in the Discovery Islands would be closed within 18 months. (Photo courtesy Grieg Seafood BC)

North Island-Powell River MP to discuss transition plan for fish farm workers with Fisheries Minister

North Island-Powell River NDP MP Rachel Blaney will meet Monday (Jan. 11) with Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan to discuss a transition plan for workers in the region.

On Dec. 17, Jordan announced salmon farms in the Discovery Islands would be closed within 18 months, sparking fears and uncertainty about economic prospects of many communities in the region.

“Workers and small business owners are understandably afraid for their future and how they will provide for their families,” said Blaney. “These are hardworking people, and creative and resilient businesses, but they need the support of our federal government.”

Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns, NDP Critic for Fisheries and Oceans, has called for “a strong transition plan for the affected workers and impacted communities.” Blaney echoed the statement in her letter to Jordan, stressing the need for a plan to ensure that North Island workers and communities are supported in the wake of government’s decision.

“We’re still in the middle of the pandemic and this is another blow to many families in our region. The federal government needs to develop a plan to help our community get through these changes and thrive,” Blaney said. “I will be telling the minister about the concerns and stories our communities, workers and businesses have shared with our office, and looking for commitments for the support they need at this time.”

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