‘SHOWDOWN brewing over Atlantic salmon net-pen farming on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border’ – Seattle Times

Read the November 13, 2017, article in the Seattle Times: ‘Salmon-farming operations face protests, occupations in B.C., legislative scrutiny in Washington state’: https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/salmon-farming-operations-face-protests-occupations-in-b-c-legislative-scrutiny-in-washington-state/


Atlantic salmon farming in Washington and British Columbia waters faces ongoing scrutiny that is putting the industry in jeopardy

A showdown is brewing over Atlantic salmon net-pen farming on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border.

Marine Harvest, a major producer of farmed Atlantic salmon in British Columbia, is seeking a court order to evict First Nations women who have occupied one of its fish farms, an order it intends to enforce by police action if necessary, said Ian Roberts, spokesman for the company. Marine Harvest operates 11 open-water Atlantic salmon net-pen farms in the Broughton Archipelago alone, at the northeast end of Vancouver Island.


The Minister of Agriculture for British Columbia, Lana Popham, in a letter last month cautioned Marine Harvest that the government is committed to implementing the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.

“Practically, this means that companies should make every effort to develop and maintain healthy relationships with First Nations in whose territories companies are doing business,” she wrote, and added that renewal of tenures for the fish farms by the B.C. government “cannot be guaranteed.”