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Salmon Transfer Worth Trying

CANADA - The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans should let biologist Alexandra Morton transport salmon fry so they don't have to pass by fish farms in the Broughton Archipelago as they migrate to the open sea.

Morton has moved fry in that vicinity before -- in 2005 she relocated 3,000 of them in order to study the survival prospects of fry infested with sea lice. At the time, she didn't even realize she needed a permit.

Now she does know, but the DFO won't grant her one to "medevac" pink fry from the mouth of the Ahta River to a spot about 30 kilometres away so they don't have to swim a sea-lice gauntlet.

While Morton's motive for moving the fry is to save them from what she expects would be death, DFO says her efforts might harm the fish.

DFO's reasoning is fishy, considering a local conservation group recently moved thousands of hatchery pink fry to Cowichan Bay without any trouble.


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