2. How do you picture the aquaculture industry developing in the next decade?
The aquaculture industry has the potential to be a key provider of much-needed jobs in North Island communities that desperately need a economic boost. But we must not imperil wild stocks, and all the industry and jobs that rely on the health of the fishery. The evidence that exposure to open-net farms could lead to mortality in wild salmon stocks is growing, and this must stop. I want a Liberal government to commit to the development and funding of closed-containment technology, and improve Federal transparency into the science and economics of aquaculture. Scientists should not be muzzled; we must push for and rely on sound science. But the science questions must be settled so we can move forward.