AT­LANTIC SALMON CAUGHT IN B.C.

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - FP -

A First Na­tion on B.C.’s south coast says its mem­bers have caught three At­lantic salmon af­ter thou­sands of the fish es­caped from a fish farm in Wash­ing­ton state. The Shishalh First Na­tion in Sechelt says its mem­bers caught the At­lantic salmon while fish­ing for pink salmon Sun­day. Band of­fi­cials say there’s a high prob­a­bil­ity all three es­caped Aug. 19 when a pen with 305,000 salmon col­lapsed in U.S. wa­ters about 150 kilo­me­tres to the south. Fish­eries and Oceans Canada has con­firmed one At­lantic salmon was caught off Van­cou­ver Is­land on Satur­day and of­fi­cials were check­ing re­ports that two more were hooked. Sishalh Chief War­ren Paull says the First Na­tion op­poses the farm­ing of non-indige­nous salmonid species within its territory. Con­cerns have been raised that At­lantic salmon could com­pete with their Pa­cific cousins for food, in­ter­breed with them or in­tro­duce dis­ease.

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