Justice Department takes over private prosecution launched by biologist
What began as a private prosecution — initiated by biologist and activist Alexandra Morton — was taken over by the federal Justice Department on Tuesday, said federal prosecutor Todd Gerhart.
"New information charges Marine Harvest with four counts and deals with two incidents," he said.
The first incident involves juvenile wild pink salmon. It's alleged the wild fish were mixed in with farmed Atlantic salmon as they were taken off a Marine Harvest vessel in June.
The second incident involves herring, which, it's alleged, were discarded from pens in October.