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Revisiting Phillips Arm fish farm

[Editor’s note: This is a remake of a 2016 story, with additional material added in Feb 2021 and on Sept 16, 2022. The closest fish farm site to Cortes Island is about 5 miles to the north, off Raza Island. ]

Some people will call this program one sided, which is what happens when you interview the people on one side of an argument. Others will say I was duped, but I would hold Marine Harvest (or MOWI Canada West as it is now called) blameless if they had been more forthright about what they were doing. They were not and, as I do not cover fish farms that often, three years passed before I realized what actually happened. 

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Potential elimination of open-net salmon farm sector in sight

The licenses for all 19 salmon farms in the Discovery Islands expire in June. There will only be 7 farms left in the Broughton Archipelago by 2023, at which point their tenure ends unless they can obtain First Nations approval and Department of Fisheries licences. That leaves an estimated 79 salmon farms throughout the province, and all of their licenses come up for renewal on June 30, 2022.

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Salmon farms win court victory: can restock pens

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Aquaculture companies have won a court victory that appears to overturn aspects of a recent federal government decision to phase out contentious fish farms in the Discovery Islands.

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A closer look at Sea Lice on 15 Salmon Farms

There has been a lot of talk about sea lice infestation of fish farms lately. According to a recent article from the North Island Gazette, there were more than the ‘acceptable’ number of parasites on fourteen sites this Spring. The President of Cermaq Canada just sent an industry perspective of this issue to the Strathcona Regional District Board. I decided to take a closer look at the sea lice on 15 salmon farms.

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Visiting Philips Arm Salmon Farm

By Roy L Hales

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My interest in British Columbia’s fish farms began with Alexandra Morton’s fim “Salmon Confidential Documentary” and you can find a distillation of her arguments, as well as other articles critical of this industry on this website. I recently became convinced there is another side to this story that we haven’t been hearing. So, at Marine Harvest’s invitation, I went visiting Philips Arm Salmon Farm.

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