Despite a court order, scores of Canadian fishing boats continued to surround a ferry carrying tourists to Alaska today in a dispute over American salmon fishing.
The 300 passengers aboard the Malaspina spent the weekend caught in the tangled net of the U.S.-Canada "salmon war." Some 150 Canadian fishing boats had circled the ferry after it docked Saturday.
The blockade continued despite a court order for the boats to move and allow the northbound ferry to leave for its next stop, Ketchikan, Alaska. A southbound ferry, scheduled to stop in Prince Rupert, headed straight to Bellingham, Wash.
The fishermen have refused to move until they can talk with Canadian Fisheries Minister David Anderson.
The Canadians want Anderson to restart failed salmon talks with the United States and allow northern British Columbia fishermen to increase their take of Fraser River sockeye.