First Nation sues Canadian federal government over fish farm licenses

Seafood Source, January 16, 2019:

The Dzawada’enuxw First Nation filed a claim in Vancouver federal court last Thursday against Canada’s federal government for authorizing licenses for 10 fish farms in tribal waters without consulting or seeking consent from the group.

The Dzawada’enuxwm, from Kingcome Inlet, British Columbia, Canada, say that the net-pen Atlantic salmon farms owned by Marine Harvest and Cermaq along the British Columbia coast pollute and poison wild salmon habitats and that the establishment of fish farms without their input infringes upon their Aboriginal rights, which are protected under Section 35 of Canada’s Constitution Act.

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