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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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On Thursday, June 26, 2014, the Province of BC is holding an open-house at the Airport Inn in Port Hardy for public comment on the first two new salmon farms in what the industry hopes will be a large expansion. This is one of the final steps the Province of BC needs to perform to issue two new salmon farms Licences of Occupation, basically a rental agreement to occupy the space over the seafloor at these two sites. The federal government licences the farms, the Province is the landlord. The "client" listed on the provincial website is the Tlatlasikwala First... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at alexandra morton
There are 2 ways to donate: Pacific Coast Wild Salmon Society - Box 399, Sointula, BC V0N 3E0 - no tax receipt - funds go to outreach or go online to: GOFUNDME or Raincoast Research Society - Box 399, Sointula, BC V0N 3E0 - tax receipt provided - funds go... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at DONATE
Following the recent hearing in Federal Court of my lawsuit over the transfer of fish carrying disease agents into to the Ocean, Marine Harvest was quoted in two European news articles, Undercurrent News and FIS. Their statements suggest that the science is settled with respect to PRV and the risk it poses to wild fish in the Pacific Ocean. These statements are misleading and warrant a response. June 9 2014, I took Canada and Marine Harvest to federal asking the court to decide if it is legal for Canada to give salmon farming companies the power to transfer diseased salmon... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at alexandra morton
June 12 was Marine Harvest’s lawyers turn to present their arguments to the court. Their first presentation to the judge was about piscine reovirus. Piscine reovirus is important only because the test case that gave rise to this legal action was the transfer of infected juvenile Atlantic salmon from the Dalrymple hatchery in Sayward into a net pen salmon farm on the Fraser sockeye migration route off northern Vancouver Island. Marine Harvest’s lawyer told the judge that piscine reovirus does not come from the salmon farm sites, it comes from the wild salmon and does not kill salmon in BC.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at alexandra morton
Is Canada's Aquaculture Licence Safe for Wild Salmon? Canada would like us to believe the licence they grant to salmon farmers uses the best science and the most rigourous regulations to manage salmon farms. But it is hard to see it that way when it appears their Federal Aquaculture Licence allows transfer of farm salmon that are carrying disease pathogens into net pens right on the migration routes of BC's wild salmon. Hard to believe, I know. The transfer conditions in the Federal Aquaculture Licences puts decisions about whether infected farm salmon smolts will go into net pens in wild... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2014 at alexandra morton
Salmon farming in Canada is under increasing scrutiny by the biggest media outlets in North America! On May 11, 2014, 60 Minutes examined salmon farming in BC. On May 22, 2014 NAFTA body calls for investigation into whether Canada is protecting wild salmon from salmon farms in British Columbia. Then 80 First Nations come together in the WILD SALMON ALLIANCE and state "we have witnessed the devastating impact fish farms have on wild salmon and this is simply unacceptable." And now Bloomberg the premier financial media in North America just posted three videos raising concern that the product may damage... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2014 at alexandra morton
$26 Million and 2 Years Later: DFO must respond and implement the Cohen Recommendations News Release. May 23, 2014 (Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver – May 23, 2014) “The Harper Government established the Cohen Commission in 2009 at a cost of $26 million which heard from over 170 witnesses, over 3 years of study and resulted in a voluminous report with 75 recommendations. We are simultaneously appalled and deeply troubled by the Harper government’s deliberate destruction and refusal to implement the recommendations of the Cohen commission,” stated Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. “Justice Cohen got... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2014 at alexandra morton
The salmon virus, ISAv is a member of the influenza family and is feared around the world wherever salmon are farmed. Similar to other viruses in the influenza family, ISAv has powerful shape-shifting properties. It tiptoes into new regions, a lethal shadow to the salmon farming industry. At first it does nothing. Every country, so far, has used this crucial phase to ignore ISA. It looks like they hope to avoid being branded ISA-positive and suffer the resulting trade restrictions that lower profits. But then, with very little warning ISA virus mutates, goes viral and strikes with deadly effect Norway,... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2014 at alexandra morton
On May 12, 2014, a website called wrote a blog about my appearance on the CBS TV show 60 Minutes calling me a "liar." I posted it on facebook and 5,954 people viewed it with many comments. Several people started trying to figure out who is writing Salmon Farm... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2014 at Who is calling me a liar?
A key NAFTA body recommended today that a formal investigation take place into Canada’s failure to protect wild salmon from disease and parasites from industrial fish farms in British Columbia. This signifcant decision by the Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, an environmental dispute body established under NAFTA, responds to a 2012 petition by Pacific Coast Wild Salmon Society (me), the Kwikwasu’tinuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation (chief Robert Chamberlin) in Canada, the U.S.-based Center for Biological Diversity and Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations. The territory of the Kwikwasu’tinuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation lies between Kingcome and Knight Inlet, sometimes called... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2014 at alexandra morton
CLICK HERE TO WATCH 60 MINUTES SEGMENT 60 Minutes has certified the issue of impact of salmon farms on wild salmon. They took BC salmon farming practices into the homes of North Americans who are eating farmed salmon and thus paying this industry to continue. They made some interesting points - the most disturbing is in the final interview, which is with Brian Wallace - senior lawyer for the Cohen Commission. Normally a very self-assured, well spoken man, Wallace stutters through the question from Sanjay Gupta refering to my work: " "She makes a claim that ISA virus has been... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2014 at alexandra morton
On May 11, 2014, the biggest public affairs show in North Ameria will turn its penetrating spotlight on the practice of farming salmon in British Columbia. WATCH TRAILER I am glad that this industry is in the spot light. British Columbians have known for a longtime that there are serious issues with putting large schools of Atlantic salmon on wild Pacific salmon migration routes. The reason the industry is using the BC coast to grow Norwegian salmon, is the inexpensive access to the U.S. market. So it is a good thing that Americans will see where that piece of farmed... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2014 at alexandra morton
On May 11, 2014, 60 Minutes will air a segment on BC salmon farms. In response, the BC Salmon Farmers Association put together "CBS 60 Minutes Backgrounder: Salmon Farming in British Columbia" In this blog I go through their backgrounder point by point: Seafood is indeed a healthy food choice,... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2014 at 60 Minutes backgrounder - the facts
Dear Mr Sutherland: When applications 1414225 and 1414224 were posted on the provincial Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations the wrong email address was provided for public comment. This was fixed, a working email address was provided after the Vancouver Sun ran an article on this with only... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2014 at Letters for Wild Salmon
In the letter below a provincial Assistant Deputy Minister, Craig Sutherland, responds to a letter I wrote about problems in the salmon farm expansion process. A faulty email address was posted and so people's comments went nowhere. Sutherland claims that the website I am referring to is federal. However here... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2014 at Letters for Wild Salmon
The people of Canada expect Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) to be the government agency in charge of protecting wild fish. Well, you should know this is not DFO's mandate (see below) and the sooner we recognize this and respond, the better our hope for life continuing in the oceans that lap against the shores of Canada. Not only is protection of wild fish nowhere on DFO's to-do list, they are actively hiding the information needed to keep wild salmon alive. This is not honest and does not benefit Canadians present or f uture. As I see it, there is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2014 at alexandra morton
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
Dear Minister Gail Shea Below I quote the attached article from Blacklock’s Reporter ( 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
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
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
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
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
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
Download Toxins in out printing.pdf (8886.1K) Download WARNING FARMED SALMON.pdf (3074.8K) Download Healthy? NOT.pdf (10614.0K) Download City of the Salmon2.pdf (6100.6K) Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at alexandra morton