Aquaculture Giant Files Suit to Silence Salmon Farming Critic

Don't try to SLAPP me around.

Don't try to SLAPP me around.

When it comes to shooting themselves in the feet, few industries are as adept as industrial aquaculture.

The most recent example is unfolding in a Vancouver, B. C., courtroom where a subsidiary of Cermaq, a $1.7-billion fish farming conglomerate whose major shareholder is the Norwegian government, is suing the scrappy environmental activist Don Staniford for defamation and making false statements. Mainstream Canada, a subsidiary of Cermaq, which filed the suit, is asking for $125,000 and seeking a permanent injunction that would forbid Staniford from speaking out against salmon farming.

Calling the court action a SLAPP (strategic lawsuit against public participation) meant to intimidate critics of salmon farming, Staniford said in an interview, “This is a case of the Norwegian government using the Canadian legal system to muzzle global criticism of salmon farming.”

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