Marine Harvest backs down from First Nation

Marine Harvest files Discontinuance against “John and Jane Doe”.

On May 25, 2017 Marine Harvest dropped their trespass charges against the First Nations who boarded their salmon farm last summer. They filed a Notice of Discontinuance against John and Jane Doe. This establishes a significant precedent for all Nations trying to protect their territory from the ravages of salmon farming.

On August 23, 2016, 60 Musgamagw Dzwada’enuxw (Broughton Archipelago) and neighbouring Nations boarded a Marine Harvest salmon farm, called Midsummer Island. They served an eviction notice and performed a “cleansing ceremony.” The ceremony was a peaceful symbolic gesture defending their aboriginal rights and title from the damage being caused by Marine Harvest to their fish and territory. They have been saying no to salmon farms in their territories for 30 years.

Alexandra Morton boarded the farm with them, lowered a GoPro camera into the pens and captured the first footage of farm salmon attacking wild fish trapped in the pens. “Hard Evidence” has drawn over a million facebook views and was aired on Icelandic TV.

One month later in September 2016 Marine Harvest sued Alexandra Morton and John and Jane Doe and all other persons unknown to the plaintiff occupying, obstructing, or physically impeding the plaintiff’s aquaculture sites seeking damages and an injunction against them.

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