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Bill Walker MPP Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound
Queen's Park

Bill Walker MPP

Media Release:

For Immediate Release
October 24, 2018

MPP Walker touts local trout farm at Queen’s Park

QUEEN’S PARK — Today, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker delivered a Member Statement in the Legislature to recognize Cedar Crest Trout Farms, one the largest commercial trout hatcheries around and a key player in Ontario’s budding aquaculture.

“Mr. Speaker, most of the Members are familiar with Ontario agriculture, but how many have heard of Ontario Aquaculture? And what if I told you that over 100 million meals of farmed Ontario seafood were served this year across Ontario and the Unites States?

That’s 100 million meals of Ontario farmed rainbow trout, Ontario shrimp, Ontario tilapia, and Ontario lake whitefish that have been grown by farmers here in our great province.

So today I am excited to welcome several fish farmers to Queen’s Park, including R. J. Taylor, who is my constituent and owner along with sister Arlen of Cedar Crest Trout Farms, one the largest commercial trout hatcheries around. Their parents, Jim and Lynette, were pioneers in the industry and next year will celebrate 50th anniversary raising farmed fish.

They’re here today to talk about the sector’s incredible growth potential, and I would be remiss if I did not thank the Ministers of Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture for making themselves available to discuss new job-creation opportunities in this fast-growing sector.

Last year in Ontario waters, farmers grew 15 million pounds of seafood and created more than 550 well-paying jobs, often in rural communities.

Speaker, members: with a small amount of red tape reduction, and some regulatory changes to recognize the current realities of the industry, this sector could soar. And it could soar in a way that protects our precious water resources in Ontario. It could grow more fish and shrimp than ever before. It could bring more jobs and industry, to our province while increasing our export potential.

Why is this important to me? Well, if you’ve collected my trading cards yet, you’d already know the answer! The majority of farmed rainbow trout is born in my home riding, with seven commercial hatcheries that supply most of the young trout that grow in the sustainable net-pen farms in Georgian Bay, and specifically in the backyard of my colleague from Algoma-Manitoulin, MPP Mantha.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.”

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