Ma­rine Har­vest sues ac­tivist for tres­pass­ing

Fish Farmer - - World News -

MA­RINE Har­vest Canada has filed a law­suit against ac­tivist and in­de­pen­dent bi­ol­o­gist Alexan­dra Morton for al­legedly tres­pass­ing on three salmon farms on the BC coast last month, CBC News re­ported.

Morton spent the sum­mer vis­it­ing farms — un­in­vited — aboard the Martin Sheen, owned by the group Sea Shep­herd Con­ser­va­tion So­ci­ety, look­ing for what she said were un­healthy salmon.

Ma­rine Har­vest al­leges she and oth­ers tres­passed on their Glacier Falls, Mid­sum­mer Is­land and Sonora Is­land op­er­a­tions with­out per­mis­sion and in­ten­tion­ally tam­pered with the equip­ment. At two fa­cil­i­ties, they’re ac­cused of vi­o­lat­ing biose­cu­rity pro­ce­dures.

The group is also ac­cused of fly­ing a drone and div­ing at one fa­cil­ity, putting an ob­ject in the wa­ter at another and ig­nor­ing Ma­rine Har­vest’s in­struc­tion to leave.

‘The de­fen­dants’ con­duct in­ter­fered with Ma­rine Har­vest’s use and en­joy­ment of its prop­erty,’ the com­pany wrote.

Morton told CBC News the work she and oth­ers did vis­it­ing salmon farms was nec­es­sary to draw at­ten­tion to what she be­lieves is a threat to wild salmon.

Ma­rine Har­vest said it is will­ing to pro­vide tours of fa­cil­i­ties to the pub­lic and to share in­for­ma­tion with First Na­tions part­ners, con­ser­va­tion or­gan­i­sa­tions, academia and govern­ment.

It is seek­ing dam­ages, costs and an in­terim and per­ma­nent in­junc­tion.

Above: Biose­cu­rity pro­ce­dures ‘vi­o­lated’

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.