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Mowi - Courts rein in anti-salmon farming activist, US politician

  (UNITED KINGDOM, 10/25/2023)

The following is an excerpt from an article published by SeaWestNews:

Courts act against an “irrational” anti-aquaculture activist in Scotland and a Washington State public official, who is trying to shut down salmon farms for political gain.

An anti-aquaculture activist, who was deported back to the UK after his antics in British Columbia were described as irrational, has been ordered to stay away from Mowi’s salmon farms in Scotland.

Sheriff Andrew Berry at the Sheriffdom of North Strathclyde at Oban granted the order of interdict, Don Staniford, from:

  • boarding, entering onto, physically occupying, attaching himself to, attaching vessels to or approaching within 15 metres of all structures, docks, walkways, buildings, floats, or pens of Mowi’s salmon aquaculture farms;
  • flying unmanned aircraft, also known as drones, above Mowi’s salmon aquaculture farms; and
  • instructing, procuring, encouraging, or facilitating others to so act, and for an extended interdict ad interim.

“Mowi is pleased that the Scottish courts have granted the company’s request for a permanent interdict (order) against an individual who, despite repeated requests not to do so, had continued to put himself and the company’s employees and animals at risk,” the company said in a statement.

Mowi Scotland COO Ben Hadfield said: “While our company will listen to and engage with people who may be critical of our business, we will not stand by and accept individuals harassing and intimidating our employees at their workplace. We had sought this interdict to protect the safety and wellbeing of our employees, our fish, Staniford and his associates, and we are pleased that the court has agreed with Mowi’s position.”

Staniford has indicated he is appealing against the decision.

The British national was deported from Canada in 2012. He did not dispute that he had been living in BC illegally since his visa expired in 2010..

His anti-fish farming antics while in BC, triggered a defamation suit brought against him by Mainstream Canada, then the province’s second largest salmon farming company.

According to court records, Staniford arrived on the B.C. scene in 2004 as a paid employee of Friends of Clayoquot Sound.

In her decision, Madam Justice Adair of the BC Supreme Court said there are many problems with Staniford’s credibility.

“I have concluded that Mr. Staniford is akin to a zealot. Virtually anything that conflicts with his view and vision is wrong, bad, disgraceful and worse…He is highly suspicious. Neutral facts will lead him to jump to irrational conclusions", she wrote.

Justice Adair said Staniford “cruelly and publicly mocks people who have different points of view …. He is aiming to ridicule and humiliate people who do not agree with his views.”

Meanwhile, a court in Washington State has ruled that an order by Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz to “ban salmon farming” in local waters has no legal effect.

Franz, who is backed by anti-fish farming activists to be the next governor of Washington, had issued an executive order last December to ban the State’s 40-year tradition of fish farming in Puget Sound. [Continues...]

Author: Fabian Dawson | SeaWestNews | Read the full article by clicking the link here

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