Ma­rine Har­vest granted in­junc­tion against ac­tivists

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MA­RINE Har­vest Canada has been granted an in­junc­tion that blocks ac­tivists from oc­cu­py­ing its build­ings on Swan­son Is­land and from board­ing any of its farms and docks.

The in­junc­tion, granted on July 2, blocks ac­tivists from oc­cu­py­ing the build­ings on Swan­son Is­land, lo­cated east of Port Mc­Neill, and from board­ing Ma­rine Har­vest farms and docks along Vancouver Is­land and BC’s coast.

The in­junc­tion also blocks ac­tivists from a buf­fer zone be­tween Ma­rine Har­vest’s farms and buoys.

The BC Supreme Court jus­tice al­lowed an ex­cep­tion for anti-salmon farm cam­paigner Alexan­dra Mor­ton, who is al­lowed to en­ter the buf­fer zone in a boat no longer than 2.6m to col­lect wa­ter sam­ples.

Mor­ton is look­ing for the piscine or­thore­ovirus (PRV), but re­searchers from the BC Cen­tre for Aquatic Health Sciences and Uni­ver­sity of BC found that ‘in­fec­tion stud­ies in BC re­veal no mor­tal­ity of salmon re­sult­ing from a heavy PRV in­fec­tion’, ac­cord­ing to a re­port they pre­pared in March for the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment.

Ma­rine Har­vest ap­plied for the in­junc­tion af­ter ac­tivists oc­cu­pied its Swan­son Is­land build­ings and boarded sev­eral of its farms last year, cre­at­ing an un­safe work en­vi­ron­ment for its em­ploy­ees. The firm said the ac­tivists have in­ter­fered with its work.

‘We re­spect the right to peace­ful protest, but have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect our em­ploy­ees from ha­rass­ment and threats,’ Ma­rine Har­vest spokesman Jeremy Dunn said in a state­ment.

‘We are thank­ful that the court has helped to pre­serve a safe work­place where our farm­ers can fo­cus on rais­ing healthy fish.’

The com­pany op­er­ates within the tra­di­tional ter­ri­to­ries of 24 First Na­tions and has for­mal agree­ments with 15 of them and eight First Na­tion owned busi­nesses. It said that some 20 per cent of its Cana­dian work­force is of First Na­tions her­itage.

Above: First Na­tions pro­test­ers have con­ducted a long cam­paign against salmon farm­ing

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