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Biologist, First Nation take Fisheries and Oceans Canada to court over farmed-salmon concerns –

by ahnationtalk on September 11, 2018103 Views

Sept. 10, 2018

VANCOUVER—Fisheries and Oceans Canada is in Federal Court this week defending a policy that allows salmon farming companies to transfer juvenile salmon from land-based hatcheries into ocean pens without first testing for piscine reovirus or PRV.

Biologist Alexandra Morton, represented by Ecojustice, and the ‘Namgis First Nation have challenged the federal policy in separate cases that will be heard together. They argue that PVR is a “disease agent” and therefore it should be illegal for salmon carrying the virus to be transferred into the ocean.

The ‘Namgis case also argues that the federal government failed to fulfil its duties to consult and accommodate when issued licenses for salmon farms to transfer juvenile salmon into the ocean without testing for the virus.

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