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I was a registered professional biologist who was living in a remote archipelago studying whales when the fish farmers came to my town
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Dear Premier Christy Clark You may be aware that there are two new salmon farm Licence of Occupation applications under review by your government. #1414224 - Bull Harbour, Hope Island #1414225 - Heath bay, Hope Island The public was given 30 days to comment on these applications, but according to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Letters for Wild Salmon
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Dear Minister Gail Shea Min@dfo-mpo.gc.ca Below I quote the attached article from Blacklock’s Reporter (http://www.blacklocks.ca/no-big-risk-feds-promise): Fisheries Minister Gail Shea earlier testified [to the Senate Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans] the section 36 pesticide ban must be lifted for the benefit of aquaculture companies. “I will introduce aquaculture activities regulations... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Letters for Wild Salmon
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The salmon farming industry in BC is on the verge of a major expansion and the federal government is changing Canada's laws to make sure it happens. Canadian Senate Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans is studying aquaculture regulation. They are looking into whether a stand alone AQUACULTURE ACT should be written to make it easier for the aquaculture industry to expand in Canada. While there are many forms of aquaculture, the committee seems preoccupied with net pen salmon farming. Farming salmon in net pens is the problem child of aquaculture in Canada, the sqeaky wheel, with lobby presence in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at alexandra morton
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If 70 million Fraser sockeye return to BC in the summer of 2014, we will have the opportunity to learn what these sockeye need to survive. They could tell us two things. First, that Fraser sockeye can survive the City of Vancouver, they swim through this highly urban and industrial... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2014 at Fraser sockeye vs farmed salmon
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When ISA virus was detected in wild salmon in British Columbia in the fall of 2011, a series of events took place. This is a record of those events. The weight of evidence suggests ISA virus is in British Columbia, lying dormant. Our global experience informs us this virus can... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at ISA virus - for the record
Scientific References on Toxicity of Farmed Salmon Consumption warnings Salmon health alert Farmed salmon should not be eaten no more than three times a year due to the toxin levels. But Dr Jeffery Foran, an American toxicologist involved in the study, said neither he nor his family would eat farmed... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at Farm Salmon Literature
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Below is a collection of articles, largely from Norwegian newspapers, on the toxicity of farmed salmon, how Norway hid this from the public for years, how the industry lobbied the European Union to increase toxin levels in their feed and how a pediatrician blew the whistle on these toxins because... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2014 at News from Norway
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HIGHER FAT CONTENT Farmed salmon has much higher fat content than wild salmon, because they are fed a high-fat diet designed to make them gain weight as fast as possible. This graph shows some of the data on fat in farmed vs wild salmon. Data is from the USDA. HERE... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2014 at Guide to Safe Salmon
Yes please re-blog. At this point we need a miracle. Canadians won't stand up for wild salmon. I do not understand why. Maybe there is someone out there who can make a difference.
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On the heels of the Harper government giving the Norwegian salmon feedlot industry the greenlight to expand in BC, the industry was listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The wisdom of Justice Bruce Cohen tossed aside, BC is now a third-world region - just another place for Norway to raise "their" fish. This is a death sentence to the wild salmon of British Columbia. If we serious about preserving our way of life, democracy and our country we need to adapt to meet this challenge. If we don't, it is clear where we are going - think Chile -... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2014 at alexandra morton
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It is with disbelief and horror that I pass on the news the Norwegian operators in BC will be raising even more Atlantic salmon in BC's waters. OTTAWA OPENS THE DOOR Ottawa has given these companies a licence that allows them to use fish carrying viruses, even though section 56 of our Fisheries Act prohibits transfer of fish carrying a disease agent that may be harmful to the protection and conservation of fish. I am in court right now fighting this. A friend has asked us to attend a local Superstore and educate people about farmed salmon. I received his... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2014 at alexandra morton
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WARNING: High fat content in farmed salmon (white streaks) contains toxins Protect yourself do not eat farmed salmon Protect our oceans - sign the petition SIGN HERE 1. Salmon farmers never shovel their manure, they just let it fall through the nets. Think kitty litter box, that never gets changed.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at 10 Reasons not to eat farmed salmon
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In the final weeks of 2013, the CFIA got reassigned to the Minister of Health and I finally got an answer my question. The CFIA never did retest my samples. Now what - how do we evaluate the ISA virus risk to British Columbia? Despite their commitment to offer wholesome food, I found Whole Foods uses standards that exceed WHO toxin recommendations to sell Norwegian farmed salmon in some stores. These two incidents have shaped my course of action for 2014. If you think I should keep going I need your help. Here is a summary of 2013. Thank you... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2013 at alexandra morton
Grant see below - the CFIA is on the record saying they retested the samples from the AVC (Kibenge) lab. Now they say they did not retest. The tests you talk about above were Dr. Routledge's samples of Rivers Inlet sockeye. Everyone - Miller,(DFO) Gangne (DFO), Nylund (U of Bergen) got positive results from those samples. For those following this conversation - "confirmed" in Canada means a live virus was found and grown outside the fish. The positive tests results by the AVC lab were not for the live virus, they were for pieces of the ISA virus sequence. Places like Norway who are serious about halting ISA - do not use the live virus test. If you found the partial fingerprint of a known criminal in your house - you would want to do further testing and that is what we are doing. ISA virus is the most lethal salmon virus known - we need to know why pieces of it are turning up in labs who test for it. As for whether the CFIA said they retested the ISA virus positive samples - decide for your self. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/ottawa-moves-against-pei-lab-that-reported-virus-in-bc-salmon/article5582798 “letter to the World Organization for Animal Health, the CFIA urges the international agency to accept the findings of an independent audit that recommends “suspension of the reference laboratory status,” of the facility” “CFIA has challenged the validity of Dr. Kibenge’s tests, saying government labs couldn’t replicate his results.” ..................................................................... http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/no-lethal-virus-in-pacific-salmon-cfia-says/article554784 “The government of Canada in collaboration with the province of British Columbia has completed testing all samples related to the suspected infectious-salmon-anemia investigation in B.C. Based on the final results, there are no confirmed cases of the disease in wild or farmed salmon in B.C.,” he said. ..................................................................... http://www.inspection.gc.ca/animals/aquatic-animals/diseases/reportable/isa/statement-2013-07-05/eng/1373038790217/1373041710849 In Canada, infectious salmon anaemia (ISA) is a federally reportable disease. This means that all suspected cases must be immediately reported to the CFIA for follow-up investigation and testing. In late 2011, the former OIE reference laboratory at the AVC reportedly found evidence of ISA. Because any suspected cases of ISA must be confirmed at a designated federal laboratory, the National Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory, overseen by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), conducted testing of fish samples. The positive test results reported by the AVC were not corroborated by the DFO laboratory. Due to the differences observed in these test results, the CFIA conducted evaluations of both laboratories to assess their capability to reliably detect the ISA virus in accordance with accepted scientific standards. The evaluation conducted at the AVC identified concerns, which may have led to the questionable ISA test results. This information was shared with the OIE. Grant - thank you for this opportunity to discuss this with you.
Grant my research on European salmon farming viruses is undergoing peer review and being published http://www.virologyj.com/content/10/1/230 As for ISA virus, sequences of ISA virus have been detected by several labs. That is the uncomfortable truth. The CFIA should have done the same tests as the Kibenge's, then called the experts together to discuss the findings and how to proceed. But they didn't, they misled us. They have no results to discuss - they are on the sidelines of this work, heckling and harassing us, but without any science. So I am continuing this research using the labs that are on the leading edge of ISA virus research around the world. I am doing government's work and when we are done will publish the results. Sadly by then it may be too late.
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Dear Whole Foods Thank you for sending your Quality Standards - did you know your farm salmon toxin - standards are 7 times higher than considered safe by the WHO? According to your Jan. 1, 2013 Quality Standards that you sent to me - Whole Foods only requires farmed salmon producers to show they are making “progress toward meeting maximum allowable contaminate levels” for PCBs, dioxins, furans, dioxin-like PCBs and mercury in their product. This means your customers don’t actually know the levels of dangerous toxins present in Norwegian farmed salmon from Whole Foods. Download WFM Quality Standards for Farmed... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2013 at alexandra morton
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Dear Whole Foods Thank you for sending your Quality Standards - did you know your farm salmon toxin - standards are 7 times higher than considered safe by the WHO? According to your Jan. 1, 2013 Quality Standards that you sent to me - Whole Foods only requires farmed salmon producers to show they are making “progress toward meeting maximum allowable contaminate levels” for PCBs, dioxins, furans, dioxin-like PCBs and mercury in their product. This means your customers don’t actually know the levels of dangerous toxins present in Norwegian farmed salmon from Whole Foods. Download WFM Quality Standards for Farmed... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2013 at alexandra morton
Grant - Why did the CFIA tell the OIE they could not repeat Kibenge's results when now they admit they never retested the samples at all? The OIE is an international agency funded to prevent epidemics. ISA virus is spreading wherever your industry operates. This is serious. Why did the CFIA mislead us and the OIE? What was that about? You realize they did not come clean until the Minister of Health was asked to take on responsibility for the CFIA. The CFIA never answered when they were part of the Ministry of Agriculture. This is very troubling. Grant why did the CFIA tell the OIE they retested the ISA samples?
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After 6 months of asking the CFIA to confirm whether they retested my ISA virus samples or not - I got an answer from the Ministry of Health. This unforgivable situation risks the wild salmon economy of the North Pacific and Canada's reputation as a trade partner. Dear Minister Ambrose Thank you for prompting the CFIA to finally answer my question; did they retest the samples I sent to the Kibenge lab for ISA virus testing or not? Dr. D. Ian Alexander (CFIA) says in his letter to me that my samples were never retested. Download Ltr to Alexandra Morton... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2013 at alexandra morton
A message for the government agencies dealing with salmon farms: As we enter the turbulent times that are upon us, it is going to be increasingly important that we can trust our governments. We need to be able to believe you. With this short video I try to explain to government agencies in Canada, Europe and Norway who are running interference for the salmon farming industry - it is getting really hard to take you seriously. You are paying a huge cost, you are losing credibility and this is not good for anyone. Not for you, not for us, not... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2013 at alexandra morton
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Dear Minister of Health, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, P.C., M.P. I understand you have been given responsibility for some of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) activities . As such, I am writing to you with two questions about Norwegian farmed salmon in British Columbia; #1 The CFIA has told Canadians that the lab that found ISA virus segments in BC farmed salmon was wrong. We were led to believe that the CFIA retested the samples I collected and sent to Dr. Kibenge's lab at the Atlantic Veterinary College, but could not detect the virus. The CFIA advised the World... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2013 at alexandra morton
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Below are 5 letters, for the record, from me asking the Canadian Food Inspection Agency which is true. Did they retest my samples or not? The media was told the CFIA retested the ISA virus - positive samples but a CFIA investigator wrote to me that the CFIA never retested my samples. The CFIA complained to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) the retesting could not confirm the Kibenge lab results. This led to stripping the lab of it's ISA virus reference status. If the CFIA inspector is correct would this mean the Kibenge lab's work stands? Would it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2013 at alexandra morton
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The news about the salmon farming industry suggests the world is become aware of how big a problem salmon farm is. A remarkable new farmed salmon documentary has just come out. It will be online for just 30 days. These two young men really went the extra mile swimming inside a salmon farm, visiting a processing plant and the farmed salmon feed manufacturing plants. I highly recommend watching it. They are under attack by the industry and I hope they can take the pressure. Farmed and Dangerous, a documentary Norway just ordered the slaughter of 2 million farmed salmon, including... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2013 at alexandra morton
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Because Fisheries and Oceans Canada was caught failing to produce key evidence that the European ISA virus could be in BC wild salmon and has furthermore failed to even comment on the 11 salmon farm-specific recommendations of the Cohen Inquiry, I am continuing to sample and test wild salmon and herring and farmed salmon and steelhead in BC for European viruses. I am going to need your help to keep this work going. Touring the spawning rivers of British Columbia takes me to some of the most beautiful places on earth and I see a lot of beautiful salmon. But... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2013 at alexandra morton
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Two months have passed since I co-published a scientific paper in Virology Journal on a Norwegian salmon virus that is spreading through salmon in British Columbia. Nearly 100% of the farmed salmon raised and for sale in BC are infected and the virus has now been sequenced from wild salmon that have been exposed to the millions of Atlantic salmon in BC in net pens. The scientists who are tracking this virus in Norway agreed to be interviewed, and provided evidence that piscine reovirus causes a serious disease for salmon that weakens their hearts to the point they are unlikely... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2013 at alexandra morton