B.C. First Nation to reactivate judicial review of DFO’s salmon farm virus policy

By The Canadian Press 15/05/2024 A British Columbia First Nation says it has lost faith in federal plans to remove open net-pens from the province’s ocean salmon farms and is reluctantly relaunching legal action it had on hold that challenges Fisheries Department aquaculture policy. The court route is a last resort, but the Namgis First Nation on northern Vancouver Island must take on the Fisheries Department to protect wild salmon off B.C.’s coast, Chief Victor Isaac said Wednesday. The First Nation has served notice to the fisheries minister that it will reactivate a 2019 judicial review application over Fisheries Department policy against testing for a salmon virus before restocking open-net pens for farmed salmon, he said. “We believe the only way to protect our rights and the wild salmon is…

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