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Echo Bay
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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The occupation of the salmon farms east of Alert Bay is now at day 51. The Premier of British Columbia, whom this entire effort is aimed at, finally met with the nations of the Broughton Archipelago on October 10. The original four nations had doubled to eight nations standing firm in their resolve to have salmon farms removed from their collective territories. In a historic show of unity the four nations of the Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw, Namgis, Mamlilikula. Ma’amtagila and Tlowitsis dropped overlapping border disputes in regards to the issue of salmon farms and locked arms. There was an air of... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at alexandra morton
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Yesterday, September 21, Marine Harvest began its last farm salmon harvest at the Namgis/Mamaliliuklla occupied farm called Swanson Island. This is the Swan Song of salmon farming in the Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw/Namgis/ Mamalilikulla territory that is sometimes called the Broughton Archipelago. This farm has been occupied by Ernest Alfred and friends since August 24, for 29 days. This is no hardship for Marine Harvest, many of the fish in this farm are already past their prime and forming kypes on their lower jaws in preparation for the spawning rituals they will never take part in. The Amarissa Joye, is the only... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2017 at alexandra morton
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Update September 13, 2017 Two salmon farms in the Broughton Archipelago are now under occupation by First Nations. AlexandraMorton5@gmail.com Marine Harvest has paused restocking their Midsummer farm after a stand off between their packer and First Nations and now the occupiers are digging in. As the weather deteriorates they are making preparations as winter is coming. Communities are rallying around them. Other nations are noticing. Many are talking about individual “chiefs” who have sold out and given these companies access to BC waters for personal gain, with no consultation with the people. The provincial government of BC can see this... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at alexandra morton
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On August 24, 2017, Ernest Alexander Alfred and a small group peacefully occupied the Marine Harvest salmon farm called Swanson Island. They state that they will remain on the farm until their chiefs are satisfied that the Province of BC has cancelled the farm’s Licence of Occupation and the farm leaves the territory. The farm is located 17km east of Alert Bay. After years of speaking to government about their concerns it has come to this. Ernest is hopeful that his effort will help the Provincial government to follow through with their campaign promise made in the Namgis Big House... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2017 at alexandra morton
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As I continued to document the viruses spreading from salmon farms like an oil spill, fighting the Minister of Fisheries, Marine Harvest and Cermaq in court for mandatory farm salmon testing for the highly-contagious piscine orthoreovirus, as well defending myself against Marine Harvest’s lawsuit against me for touching their farm with a teaspoon to collect a sample, I got welcome news. Paul Watson contacted me to say, he was sending research vessel Martin Sheen and crew to work with me again this summer. Last year we documented the sad state of health of farm salmon and supported the Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2017 at alexandra morton
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There are two lawsuits in play. Marine Harvest is suing me for trespass and for touching one of their buoys with a teaspoon, and I am suing the Minister of Fisheries for not abiding by the law and disregarding the precautionary principle by refusing to test farm salmon from piscine orthoreovirus (PRV) before granting permission for them to be placed in sea pens. The concern is that this virus is highly contagious, scientists are learning more about it and now realize it infects the salmon's read blood cells, which is uses as a factory to make more PRV and when... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2017 at alexandra morton
While I am documenting enormous damage to wild salmon and herring from sea lice from salmon farms, and tracking viruses found in farm salmon, they are upset because I touched an anchor buoy! Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2017 at alexandra morton
Off to court to stop DFO from allowing salmon farmers to put diseased fish into BC waters. Does Minister LeBlanc even know he is fighting to allow diseased Atlantic salmon onto BC's wild salmon migration routes? Sorry for the choppy edits and droplets on the lens, just getting the hang of movie making... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2017 at alexandra morton
June 12, 2017 Dear Karen Calla, Nathan Taylor and Rebecca Reid - Fisheries and Oceans Canada. I am writing to inform Fisheries and Oceans Canada that you have a serious sea louse outbreak, for the third year in a row, on the Area 12 Mainland juvenile pink and chum salmon. This is Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw Territory also called the Broughton Archipelago. Furthermore, the abundance of juvenile out-migrating salmon is the lowest observed in the 17 years since I began monitoring this area for sea lice 17 years ago. Over 85% of the juvenile salmon exiting the archipelago are infected with sea... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at alexandra morton
June 12, 2017 Dear Karen Calla, Nathan Taylor and Rebecca Reid - Fisheries and Oceans Canada. I am writing to inform Fisheries and Oceans Canada that you have a serious sea louse outbreak, for the third year in a row, on the Area 12 Mainland juvenile pink and chum salmon. This is Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw Territory also called the Broughton Archipelago. Furthermore, the abundance of juvenile out-migrating salmon is the lowest observed in the 17 years since I began monitoring this area for sea lice 17 years ago. Over 85% of the juvenile salmon exiting the archipelago are infected with sea... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at alexandra morton
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On June 13, 2017 I learned from Marine Harvest what damages are that they are seeking from me. While there was no actual damage to the farms during the First Nation ceremony I attended, as everyone was very careful, Marine Harvest is now claiming they were concerned for the integrity of their farm's anchoring system because I made contact with one of the yellow buoys - with a teaspoon that I was using to collect a biological sample. I don't want to spend much time on this because it is so ridiculous. However, as I document areas of the BC... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at alexandra morton
Marine Harvest backs down from First Nation Marine Harvest files Discontinuance against "John and Jane Doe" On May 25, 2017 Marine Harvest dropped their trespass charges against the First Nations who boarded their salmon farm last summer. They filed a Notice of Discontinuance against John and Jane Doe. This establishes a significant precedent for all Nations trying to protect their territory from the ravages of salmon farming. On August 23, 2016, 60 Musgamagw Dzwada’enuxw (Broughton Archipelago) and neighbouring Nations boarded a Marine Harvest salmon farm, called Midsummer Island. They served an eviction notice and performed a “cleansing ceremony.” The ceremony... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2017 at alexandra morton
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June 1 is the first court date in the trespass suit that Marine Harvest filed against me and “John and Jane Doe” for boarding their salmon farm, at Midsummer Island, anchored in Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw territory. Marine Harvest will be attempting to separate me from the First Nations. I am of no consequence in this case, mere cannon fodder, this is a contest between First Nations and the salmon farming industry. Proceedings are open to the public Vancouver Court House 800 Smithe St., No time has been assigned and so the case will be heard at some point during the day.... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2017 at alexandra morton
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Posted Apr 24, 2017 at alexandra morton
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Hello! So many people are contacting me, because I fell silent over the winter, and so I thought I would write a blog today, on Earth Day, when thousands of my colleagues are becoming activists for science around the world. Certainly the "enemies" of the truth about salmon farms have only grown stronger. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency recommends government not even speak with me. I continue to work with an incredible team of scientists that I am so honoured to collaborate with. There has been so much skulduggery and effort to undermine our work while presenting what are in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2017 at alexandra morton
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February 25, 2017 Today, a team of scientists from the Pacific Salmon Foundation and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, funded by Genome BC, published a scientific paper that put to rest the debate whether the salmon disease, heart and skeletal muscle inflammation, HSMI is occurring in BC farm salmon. Could the piscine reovirus be harmful in one ocean, and harmless in another as was commonly believed? The answer is no. Link to paper: This team of scientists need our voice if they are going to keep working for us. The fish farmers are not going to be pleased with this finding... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2017 at alexandra morton
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On September 23, 2016 Marine Harvest sued Alexandra Morton and John and Jane Doe and All other Persons Unknown for trespass, nuisance and damages. On November 16, 2016, I joined three hereditary Dzawada'enuxw chiefs who filed a response to Marine Harvest, the biggest salmon farming corporation in the world based in Norway. Traditional leaders Farron Soukochoff, Willie Moon and Joe Willie (seen below) deny any act of trespass or nuisance as they were within the lawful traditional territory of the Dzawada'enuxw Nation and do not consent to pay damages to Marine Harvest. Download 2016-11-15 Response to Civil Claim - FILED... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at alexandra morton
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October 11, 2016 Dear Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc: Thank you for your reply of October 5, 2016. I am replying in an open letter. I am not sure if you are aware how inappropriate it appears when you state that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) altered the test for ISA virus in salmon and since then the virus cannot be detected in BC. The CFIA is a troubled agency: “Critics have since complained that the CFIA is in a conflict of interest because it is responsible for food safety and promoting Canadian food abroad as part of trade missions.”[i]... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2016 at alexandra morton
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Marine Harvest is suing me while DFO has joined Marine Harvest in an appeal to make it easier for Marine Harvest to transfer fish carrying disease into salmon farms on the migration routes of our collapsing wild salmon populations. Something very wrong is going on here. Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2016 at alexandra morton
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They will be in Victoria TOMORROW, Saturday Sept 3, 2016 - 1 PM At the BC Parliament Buildings Vancouver ART GALLERY Monday Sept 5, 2016 1 PM the Art Gallery The nations of the Dzawada'enuxw are uniting and traveling down the coast of Vancouver Island locking arms with other nations in their quest to remove salmon farms from their traditional waters, sometimes called the Broughton Archipelago. They have said "no" for almost 30 years to the salmon farms using their territories. But somehow Canada, BC and the Norwegian/Japanese salmon farmers decided to ignore them and so today one third of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2016 at alexandra morton
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I have now been on the RV Martin Sheen for 39 days! We have looked closely at salmon farms from Vancouver to Port Hardy. Ship's Log I brought the boat to the Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw, in Kingcome Inlet, as they have fought this industry for nearly 30 years! They have said "no" from the beginning and yet 1/3 of the BC salmon farming industry is using their territory to grow Atlantic salmon. The Kingcome herring have collapsed despite 30 years of protection from fishing, and the wild salmon are a fraction of what they used to be. This is highly predictable,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2016 at alexandra morton
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I have now been on the RV Martin Sheen for 39 days! We have looked closely at salmon farms from Vancouver to Port Hardy. I brought the boat to the Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw who have fought this industry for nearly 30 years. They have said "no" from the beginning and yet 1/3 of the BC salmon farming industry is using their territory to grow Atlantic salmon. Their herring have collapsed despite 30 years of protecting them from fishing, and their wild salmon are a fraction of what they used to be. This is highly predictable, this is what happens everywhere there... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2016 at alexandra morton
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I have now been on the RV Martin Sheen for 39 days! We have looked closely at salmon farms from Vancouver to Port Hardy. I brought the boat to the Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw who have fought this industry for nearly 30 years. They have said "no" from the beginning and yet 1/3 of the BC salmon farming industry is using their territory to grow Atlantic salmon. Their herring have collapsed despite 30 years of protecting them from fishing, and their wild salmon are a fraction of what they used to be. This is highly predictable, this is what happens everywhere there... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2016 at alexandra morton
In the ongoing saga of what I view as a coverup of the effect of farm salmon disease on wild salmon, I have written to Canada's newest Minister of Fisheries. Recent internal CFIA emails reveal that the agency only wants only one lab in all of Canada to test for ISA virus in BC farmed salmon and that lab is shrouded in controversy due to its chronic inability to find diseases and pathogens that other labs are reporting. This is not acceptable and threatens not only wild salmon, but Canada's reputation, again. I think there is reason to believe that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2016 at alexandra morton
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I spent this past weekend examining young wild salmon migrating through the Discovery Islands off Campbell River. These young salmon are leaving the mighty Fraser River to start their lives out in the open ocean as they have done for thousands of years, but today they have to swim through fish farm pollutants. I am studying how this pollution of viruses, bacteria and lice affects wild salmon. I have been looking at the salmon in this area since 2005. In this area I work with a team of highly-skilled locals who found themselves surrounded by fish farms. As you can... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at alexandra morton