A provincial advisory council is recommending that fish farm companies be required to have agreements in place with local First Nations before the province approves any new or replacement tenures.

The proposal is part of a series of recommendations issued in a 230-page report.

Agriculture Minister Lana Popham says the province will consider the recommendations as it reviews 20 fish-farm tenures that are up for renewal this June in the Broughton Archipelago off northeastern Vancouver Island.

Protesters have occupied multiple fish farms in the Broughton Archipelago over the past year, claiming they are operating in First Nations’ traditional territories without their consent.

The B.C. Green Party said it hopes the government will not renew the tenures based on the report’s recommendations and urges the government to adopt the other recommendations without delay.

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CBC News – April 6, 2018.

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