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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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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 3 days ago 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 3 days ago 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 4 days ago 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 4 days ago 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
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Briefing: Significance to First Nations - DFO announces new farmed salmon disease May 23, 2016 Lawsuit that triggered the announcement June 2015 - Federal Court struck down conditions of licence permitting Marine Harvest to transfer farmed salmon infected with disease into open net pens. The court ruled this activity was harmful to the protection of fish and unlawful according to the Fisheries Act. Both DFO and Marine Harvest immediately appealed this decision. The hearing date was set for May 26, 2016 in Calgary. One week before the hearing DFO suddenly asked for a five-month adjournment to consider “new information.” Three... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2016 at alexandra morton
In a technical briefing was held by phone-in only Dr. Kristi Miller of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. They confirmed for the first time that the disease Heart and Skeletal Muscle Inflammation (HSMI) was diagnosed in farmed Atlantic salmon in a farm in the Johnston Strait area of British Columbia. This is a very important finding because the virus associated with this disease, piscine reovirus (PRV), is widespread in the salmon farming industry with 70-95% of farmed Atlantic salmon testing positive. Dr. Gary Marty published a paper in 2014 that reporting that HSMI does not occur in BC. "no fish had... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2016 at alexandra morton
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On Friday the 13th, the lawyer for Fisheries and Ocean wrote to my lawyers at Ecojustice asking if the appeal against me could be adjourned until some time in October. This took everyone by surprise, because only a few weeks ago the same lawyer was in such a hurry that we could not wait for a court date in Vancouver and the hearing date was set for May 26th in Calgary! In his letter of the 13th, clues were provided as to why the sudden and urgent change of heart: “We write to seek an order by consent that the... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at alexandra morton
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Last year I won a legal decision (thank you Ecojustice) prohibiting further transfer of farmed salmon carrying diseases into marine net-pens on the BC coast. While common sense suggests putting diseased Atlantic farm salmon in the Pacific ocean is a bad idea, the Harper government and Marine Harvest appealed the decision. We came to expect this kind action from Harper, but here's the shocker. The Trudeau government is actually going through with this appeal! Is it in the interests of Canada to spend our tax dollars to assist the salmon farmers to put diseased fish in the ocean? Furthermore, they... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2016 at alexandra morton
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On March 29, 2016 a landmark Petition to the Government of Canada was sponsored by Canadian Liberal MP Bernadette Jordan. While our new Minister of Fisheries is beginning to repeat the meaningless statements of the previous Ministers who brought this industry to this country, Member of Parliament Bernadette Jordan has given us the opportunity to set the record straight on how we feel about other countries using our coasts to flush their farms. "We, the undersigned, citizens (or residents) of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to Legislate the removal of caged salmon from our oceans." Please sign and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2016 at alexandra morton
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April 5, 2016 To the Honourable Minister Hunter Tootoo Min.XNCR@dfo-mpo.gc.ca Thank you for your response of April 5, 2016. I am sorry that you won’t meet with me. I would like to better state my case. Indeed, you have been given an excellent mandate, but I have reason for concern that the bureaucratic structure you inherited may be having difficulty making the transition. As a result, I feel it would benefit Canadians for you to hear directly from people like myself who are on the frontlines of fisheries research in Canada. Here is my evidence: First as you note, a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at alexandra morton