Ensuring that the federal government assesses the environmental impact of salmon farms (Doyle Island Salmon Farm)

Living Oceans Society v. Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Case background

The expansion at Doyle Island sought to boost production by 37 per cent, an increase that would make the site among the largest salmon farms in the province. But despite this sharp increase, approval was granted on the basis of an outdated assessment just three days before the B.C. government announced a province-wide moratorium on new fish farm licenses and expansions.

Why was Ecojustice involved?

Under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans should have conducted an environmental assessment of the Doyle Island salmon farm expansion.

What does this victory mean?

After issuing a rubber-stamp approval for the expansion of the Doyle Island salmon farm near Port Hardy, B.C., the federal government backtracked and announced that the expansion will undergo an environmental assessment of its impact to the local environment.