Mowi, Grieg Seafood and Cermaq are upheld by the court in Canada that the government’s phase-out of open salmon farming along the country’s west coast is invalid.
In December 2020, former Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan announced in a press release that 19 salmon farms on the Discovery Islands would be closed by June 2022 and that no transfers of fish between hatcheries and farms would be permitted. during the 18 month elimination period. period.
Salmon farmers complied with the order and closed their operations on the Discovery Islands.
Rights of licensees violated
Although they complied with the order, they sought judicial review. On April 5, 2021, a temporary injunction was granted against Jordan’s order regarding the transfer of fish from hatcheries to farms.
Initially, this would allow salmon farmers to continue farming until the closure date. However, it appears that the Jordanian ministry ignored this order, the BIV website wrote on Monday. The court announced that the order “was not complied with by the Minister”.
On April 22, federal judge Elizabeth Heneghan ruled that Jordan’s order violated the rights of licensees, so the salmon farmers won in court.
Intrafish is following the case.
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