Court Decision Provides Legal Clarity for Marine Harvest Canada

May 7th, 2015 – Campbell River, B.C.

A recent decision of the Federal Court involving British Columbia's largest salmon aquaculture company, Marine Harvest Canada, confirms its legal right to transport healthy salmon to and from its coastal BC operations.

The lawsuit, initiated in May 2013 by anti-salmon farming activist Alexandra Morton, challenged the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans’ authority to allow Marine Harvest to transfer salmon from freshwater hatcheries to ocean-based farms. It also questioned the health of salmon transferred by Marine Harvest in March 2013.

There was no evidence that Marine Harvest transferred unhealthy fish.

The company notes that the decision removes two sub-conditions of the aquaculture license that were not relied upon for the company’s day to day business. Further, the decision confirms authorization by the Minister for the ongoing transfer of farm-raised salmon between facilities in BC.

Marine Harvest Canada is Canada’s leading supplier of Atlantic farm-raised salmon and the only North American source of Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certified salmon. It’s processing plants, marine and land based operations are located on and around northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Media contact: Clare Backman, Director of Public Affairs - 250-850-3276 (7258)