CTV News (May 15, 2024)
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‘Namgis First Nation to reactivate 2019 judicial review of DFO

Chief Victor Isaac, ‘Namgis First Nation, has announced plans to reactivate a 2019 judicial review application to challenge DFO’s policy of not testing for piscine orthoreovirus (PRV) before stocking open net-pen salmon farms in BC.

DFO’s reliance on the PRV policy, which refrains from testing for PRV before restocking open net-pens, is used to deny any claims that open net-pen feedlots stocked with Atlantic salmon pose harm to wild Pacific salmon. PRV causes heart and skeletal muscle inflammation in farmed Atlantic salmon, as well as a disease that results in the rupture of blood cells in infected wild Chinook salmon.

Chief Isaac emphasized that going to court is a last resort, but the ‘Namgis First Nation, located on northern Vancouver Island, must fight to protect wild Pacific salmon off BC’s coast.

Read the full CTV News article here.

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