Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Fish Farm Restocking Dispute Goes to Federal Court Next Week in Vancouver

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Fish Farm Restocking Dispute Goes to Federal Court Next Week in Vancouver

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Dates set for fish farm restocking case

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VICTORIA - A First Nation asking the Federal Court to prevent the restocking of an open-net salmon farm in its traditional territories off northern Vancouver Island will be in court for two days of hearings next week.

The Namgis First Nation of Alert Bay, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and fish farm operator Marine Harvest Canada of Campbell River will be at the hearings Tuesday and Wednesday in Vancouver.

The Namgis are seeking a judicial review of a Fisheries and Oceans Canada policy that does not require testing for the blood virus piscine reovirus before the scheduled transfer of Atlantic smolts to Marine Harvest's open-net salmon farm at Swanson Island.

The Namgis also want an injunction preventing the fisheries minister from issuing a licence permitting the transfer of the smolts to the Swanson Island operation. …

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