Farmed Salmon Must Be Tested for Deadly Virus, Court Rules –

by ahnationtalk on February 6, 201966 Views

Government gets four months to stop allowing millions of salmon to be introduced into BC waters without screening.

The Canadian government has breached its duty to consult with First Nations and is breaking its own rules by allowing millions of farmed salmon to be introduced into the ocean without testing for a potentially deadly virus, the Federal Court of Canada has ruled.

Justice Cecily Strickland gave the government four months to begin testing for piscine reovirus (PRV), which is potentially deadly to farmed and wild salmon.

Strickland’s 201-page decision also found the federal government wasn’t upholding the Fisheries Act or the precautionary principle with its current policy allowing companies to introduce young salmon into fish pens without testing for PRV.

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