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Haida leader explains why he voted against massive ocean fertilization project

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All week, we've been following the story about a controversial project on Haida Gwaii. It's aimed at restoring salmon populations by dumping iron-laden dust into the ocean in the world's largest geo-engineering experiment ever. But it's attracted international criticism from scientists and environmentalists alike.

The project was supported by the village of Old Massett in a vote of 66% to 44%. Arnie Bellis is among those who voted "no." He's the former vice president of the Council of the Haida Nation and he spoke with Leisha Grebinski about the vote and what this project is doing to the Haida's international reputation.

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