Fish farms protected by Ottawa’s ‘cone of silence,’ says B.C. chief


Fisheries and Oceans Canada has refused to release the names of salmon farms that have been investigated for infractions since 2016, in part because the department claimed it could result in “financial loss or gain” or “prejudice the competitive position” of a third party.

In response to an access to information request filed by the Star in April, the federal department released three pages that show companies were investigated after whales became trapped at the facilities. Others were investigated, issued warnings, and in one case charged for spilling damaging substances into waters used by wild fish.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, there were incidents where farmed salmon escaped and young salmon were spilled near a salmon river. No further details were provided.

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Ainslie Cruickshank – Star Metro Vancouver – June 4, 2018.

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