Dead humpback whale found at B.C. salmon farm
Fisheries and Oceans Canada is investigating after a dead humpback whale was found at a salmon farm off the west coast of Vancouver Island. (Wayne Lavoie/Facebook)
Fisheries and Oceans Canada is investigating after a dead humpback whale was found at a salmon farm off the west coast of Vancouver Island.
A juvenile humpback died after it became trapped between the inner and outer containment nets at Grieg Seafood’s Atrevida farm in Nootka Sound, according to the company’s website.
“This is the first time in 16 years of operating that Grieg Seafood has experienced an incident involving a whale at any of its farms in B.C.,” the statement reads.
The fish farm is cooperating with the DFO in the investigation.
Dive and ROV teams have confirmed the primary containment nets have not breached and no atlantic salmon have escaped.
This is the second time this month a humpback whale was found dead at a fish farm in B.C.
On Nov 15 a dead humpback whale was discovered entangled in an anchor support line at an empty fish farm in Sheep Passage, north of Bella Bella.