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The launch of  the Youth Council for Canadian Aquaculture, has been announced by The Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance (CAIA).

“Seafood farming is a young and growing sector for Canada. We are delighted to be attracting top-calibre young people to create a strong and sustainable future. The diversity and strength of these young people is a testament to a bright future for our sector,” said CAIA Executive Director, Timothy Kennedy.

CAIA established this National Youth Council to connect young professionals in Canada’s aquaculture sector, to propose and develop ideas for the flourishing of the sector, and to be ambassadors for the sector.

Focusing on bringing the perspectives of young people to senior leaders, government officials, and sometimes the media. The council consists of a selected, representative group of youth who are excited and eager to share what they’ve experience  in their workplace, industry or community. The youth council is viewed as respected advisors who provide their input, make recommendations, and spearhead initiatives.

“We have brought together a group of fourteen young people from across the country – seven women and seven men – to represent the growing presence of youth in this science, sustainability and future-oriented sector,” said Kennedy. “Representing six provinces, they are excited and eager to share their knowledge and passion for seafood farming. We look forward to their ideas and energy.”

“We hail from across Canada’s thriving seafood farming sector: finfish to shellfish, land-based to net-pens, freshwater to marine, industry to research,” said RJ Taylor, inaugural Youth Council Chair. “And we all share the same passion for advancing this incredibly dynamic and sustainable sector.”