A British Columbia Supreme Court judge has granted an injunction to Marine Harvest Canada’s Midsummer Island farm, located amid a series of islands in the Broughton Archipelago, about 50 kilometres east of Port Hardy on Vancouver Island.
The court’s decision was released online Wednesday the 28th, reports The Star.
First Nations activists began occupying the farm in September. Justice Peter Voith said in the decision that the protesters’ presence “gives rise to real safety issues” and he agrees that Marine Harvest will suffer irreparable harm if the occupation of the farm continues.
The protesters said the decision hasn’t dissuaded them from bringing an end to aquaculture on their territory.
Marine Harvest issued a statement following the decision, saying the company is pleased that the court recognized it has a “legal right to operate without harm, and that its staff may work free of harassment, threats, and intimidation.”