Friday, April 23, 2010

Ottawa Finally Holding Fish Farmers Accountable

This week, Ottawa took the reins in the prosecution of fish farming company Marine Harvest Canada under the Fisheries Act for illegal possession of wild salmon. The charges stemmed from an incident last year when Marine Harvest incidentally caught wild salmon during routine harvest at a fish farm facility, however rather than releasing them immediately they ignored the problem allowing wild salmon smolts to perish on their dock. The charges were initially filed by Alexandra Morton, a renowned scientist and advocate for wild salmon. Ottawa taking control of the case is substantial because it represents the first Canadian government action to hold fish farm companies accountable for their impact on wild salmon. More information in The Globe and Mail...

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