Grieg joins Mowi and Cermaq in calling for judicial review over B.C.’s Discovery Islands phase out

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All main salmon farmers now joining push for court intervention.

On Thursday, it was reported that salmon companies had applied to the Federal Court of Canada in Vancouver for a judicial review of a decision made by Fisheries Minster Bernadette Jordan to phase out fish farms on B.C.’s Discovery Islands.

By 2022, all fish farms are to be phased out of the Discovery Islands.

Grieg Seafood BC community relations specialist Katie Maximick told SalmonBusiness that it is going to court also. Like Mowi and Cermaq, the request focuses only on the conduct of DFO and the decision made by Fisheries Minster Bernadette Jordan.

“We have also filed a notice of judicial review affecting our one farm in the Discovery Islands, and it’s now before the courts,” she said.

“This decision has profound effects on our industry and local communities. We hope that a judicial review of the decision process will allow us to better understand the implications. More time is needed to engage with the Nations in whose territories we operate. We cannot comment further on a process that is in front of courts while we patiently await the outcome of the review,” added Maximick.

Grieg said before that it was looking at the option of increasing production on other farms.