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‘Namgis First Nation sues to prevent restocking of open-net net fish farm at Swanson Island without DFO testing for disease
Vancouver, BC, 2018-03-13: On Tuesday, March 6, ‘Namgis filed a Notice of Application in Federal Court seeking a judicial review of the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans’ policy not to test farmed Atlantic salmon for the blood virus, piscine reovirus (PRV), prior to transferring smolts from Marine Harvest Canada Inc.’s hatcheries into open-net pen fish farms in ‘Namgis territory. Then, on March 9, ‘Namgis First Nation filed a motion for an interlocutory injunction to prevent the Minister from issuing a licence to transfer the smolts into Marine Harvest’s open-net pens without first testing for the blood virus PRV, pending resolution of the judicial review.
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