Storms to blame for bags

A series of storms is to blame for washing thousands of plastic feed bags washed ashore on the Broken Group Islands.

That according to a fish farm off the coast of western Vancouver Island.

In a statement released Tuesday, Omega Pacific Sea Farms said it was "concerned about a report from Parks Canada that a number of empty plastic feed bags have been recovered from the shores of four islands in the Broken Group."

The company said its Jane Bay farm in Barkley Sound was hit by several storms which partially sank one of its barges.

As the company was trying to salvage the battered barge, a second storm Nov. 6 led to a number of bags going into the ocean.

Parks Canada said some 2,000 bags were found on Nov. 10 washed ashore on four of the Broken Group of Islands, a protected area of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.

First Nations, environmental clean-up groups and local NDP MP Gord Johns didn't find out about the spill until Fri., Nov. 17, through CTV media coverage and blasted Parks Canada for not notifying them earlier.

A Parks Canada memo suggests a local aquaculture company could face charges in the matter, but the company has not yet been named.

- with files from CTV Vancouver

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