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BC town to ban fish farms

The town of Sooke on Vancouver Island, British Columbia is banning ocean-based Atlantic salmon aquaculture within its boundaries.

The decision follows the salmon-escape incident in Cooke Aquaculture’s farm in Washington State in August.

November 2, 2017 | By Liza Mayer

Sooke Mayor Maja Tait recognizes the municipality doesn’t have any official power to make legal decision but she hopes that with enough communities on board a clear message can be sent.

The motion passed by the town council on September 11 includes three recommendations — a zoning amendment that would prohibit invasive species farming in local waters; letters to be sent to its local MP and MLA to advise them of the steps the district is taking; and drafting of a resolution to encourage other coastal and BC communities to follow suit.

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