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Mass Salmon Escape from BC Farm

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BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA - The latest mass escape from a BC fish farm has prompted renewed calls from the National Democratic Party to change how the farms are run.

About 40,000 Atlantic salmon escaped on 23 October from a Marine Harvest Canada farm off the northern tip of Vancouver Island reports Canadian Press.

The National Democratic Party (NDP) is demanding that the Liberals replace open net pens with closed containment systems to protect wild salmon from fish farms but Agriculture Minister, Steve Thomson made no such commitment.

He says the government takes the escape very seriously and will investigate fully.

NDP environment critic, Rob Fleming, also demanded that Mr Thomson promise not to issue more fish farm licences before BC gives up jurisdiction over the farms to the federal government next February.

Mr Thomson made no promise on thi sissue, saying that BC retains the right to regulate the farms until February.

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