The CEO of salmon producing giant Cermaq said "there are no clear scientific arguments" behind the Canadian government's recent decision not to renew salmon farming licenses located in British Columbia's Discovery Islands. He slammed what he called the "fake consultation process," behind the decision.

Canada Fisheries Minister Joyce Murray announced Feb. 17 the government was denying the renewal of salmon farming licenses for nearly all companies operating in the area.

The 15 licenses that will not be renewed account for more than 24 percent of BC's farmed salmon production and belong to major companies such as Mowi, Grieg and Cermaq.