Le Lézard
Classified in: Environment
Subjects: LAW, ANW

Two British Columbia mushroom farms fined a total of $650,000 for Fisheries Act offences


ABBOTSFORD, BC, April 7, 2022 /CNW/ - Strong and effective enforcement of Canada's environmental and wildlife protection laws is one of the concrete ways we are delivering on our commitment to provide clean air and water, and conserve wildlife species and their habitat.

On April 4, 2022, in the Provincial Court of British Columbia at Abbotsford, Delfresh Mushroom Farm Ltd. was ordered to pay a total fine of $265,000 and H.Q. Mushroom Farm Ltd. was ordered to pay a total fine of $385,000. These fines come after the companies, both having the same owner, entered guilty pleas on November 22, 2021, for two violations each of the pollution prevention provisions of the Fisheries Act. The offences relate to deposits of deleterious substances by each of the farms in waters frequented by fish, thereby contravening subsection 36(3) of the Act.

In addition to the monetary penalty, the court ordered Delfresh Mushroom Farm Ltd. to provide a report to Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) itemizing the steps it has taken to prevent deleterious deposits from entering waters frequented by fish.

The fines will be directed to the Government of Canada's Environmental Damages Fund. As a result of this conviction, the company names will be added to the Environmental Offenders Registry.

Environment and Climate Change Canada has created a free subscription service to help Canadians stay informed of what the Government of Canada is doing to protect our natural environment.

H.Q. Mushroom Farm Ltd.

In October 2015, ECCC environmental enforcement officers inspected H.Q. Mushroom Farm Ltd.'s farm. The officers found that effluent from the farm was entering waters frequented by fish and collected samples for analysis. The results of the analysis indicated that the effluent deposited was a deleterious substance and acutely lethal to fish.

Officers issued a Fisheries Act direction, which required H.Q. Mushroom Farm Ltd. to stop the deleterious deposits and to develop and implement a plan to prevent further deleterious deposits from entering waters frequented by fish.

In April 2016, officers returned to the farm to observe the steps taken and to collect effluent samples. Again, laboratory analysis indicated that the effluent being deposited into waters frequented by fish was acutely lethal to fish.

On September 23, 2020, charges were laid under 36(3) of the Fisheries Act.

Delfresh Mushroom Farm Ltd.

In August 2018, officers conducted an onsite Fisheries Act inspection of Delfresh Mushroom Farm Ltd. and collected samples from where the farm deposited effluent in waters frequented by fish. An analysis determined the effluent was deleterious and acutely lethal to fish.

Officers subsequently issued a Fisheries Act direction requiring that Delfresh Mushroom Farm Ltd. stop the deleterious deposit, and develop and implement a plan to prevent further deleterious deposits from entering waters frequented by fish.

In November 2018, officers returned to the farm for a follow-up inspection and observed brown effluent being deposited in a creek. Laboratory analysis of samples taken from the farm at this time confirmed the effluent was deleterious. The officers issued a second direction under the Fisheries Act.

On September 23, 2020, charges were laid under 36(3) of the Fisheries Act.

Quick facts

Associated links

Environment and Climate Change Canada's Twitter page
Environment and Climate Change Canada's Facebook page

SOURCE Environment and Climate Change Canada


These press releases may also interest you

7 aoû 2022
Today, Humanity Forward is celebrating lawmakers for making unprecedented progress in the fight against climate change through the Senate's passage of the Inflation Reduction Act....

7 aoû 2022
Fisker Inc. ("Fisker") ? passionate creator of the world's most sustainable electric vehicles and advanced mobility solutions ? unveils a process for qualifying US-based reservation holders of the Fisker Ocean all-electric SUV to retain access to...

5 aoû 2022
Project Solar, the leading e-commerce brand for solar installations, today announced the close of a $23M Series A financing round led by Left Lane Capital, with additional support from strategics within the industry. ...

5 aoû 2022
Sceye, a manufacturer of High-Altitude Platform Stations (HAPS), announced that it reached the stratosphere on June 14, 2022 with the aim of demonstrating the ability to stay over an area of operation for months at a time using renewable energy...

5 aoû 2022
Dominion Energy reached a major milestone in the development of the 2.6-gigawatt Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project by receiving approval from the Virginia State Corporation...

5 aoû 2022
Apogee Enterprises, Inc. announced today that it has completed the amendment and extension of its senior unsecured credit facility. The agreement increases the company's unsecured revolving credit facility to $385 million and provides for an...



News published on 7 april 2022 at 12:02 and distributed by: