The Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association is holding tours next month to dispel the myths surrounding the industry and show the public how they work.
Mark Lane is the Executive Director of the NAIA. He says people are quick to judge without having the facts, adding there’s been a lot of confusion and doubt in the public realm about the aquaculture industry and they want to show people first-hand they are open and transparent.
Some people have raised doubts about the long-term viability of aquaculture in the province and the negative effects it has on the environment. Lane says people need to look at the big picture and realize it’s for their benefit.
Lane says we have to farm the sea to address the inevitable possibility of food shortage.
He says there are people that accuse his industry of deliberately causing harm to the environment, but these claims are ludicrous because his members depend on the sea for their livelihoods.