B.C. fish farm 'not negligent' in escape

CBC News
March 8, 2010

Investigators say a B.C. fish farm operator wasn't negligent when thousands of Atlantic salmon escaped last October, but one critic is questioning the government's standards.

B.C.'s Ministry of Agriculture and Lands says Marine Harvest reacted as well as it could when an estimated 47,000 Atlantic salmon escaped from the Port Elizabeth fish farm in the Broughton Archipelago.

Thousands of fish congregated outside the farm for hours afterward, but most were long gone by the time a recapture vessel arrived at the site 17 hours later.

Fewer than 1,200 fish were eventually recaptured, but Trevor Rhoades, the ministry's director of aquaculture operations, says Marine Harvest was not negligent in its response to the escape.

"They met the requirement for notifying us. They also met the requirements for initiating recovery activities," said Rhoades.

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Posted March 8th, 2010