Divest Dirty Salmon
Dear Norway, You divested from dirty oil and coal earlier this year. Thank you! Now it is time to divest from dirty salmon, your industry is too big now to be using our oceans as an open sewer. If you agree, please sign and share this letter: Canadians and Norwegians love wild salmon, but Norwegian salmon farms are one of the greatest threats to this magnificent fish in both our countries. I am a Canadian biologist who studied whales until your salmon farming industry moved in: Marine Harvest, Cermaq and Grieg. Now I study sea lice and farmed salmon viruses. As I follow your news on the escape of rainbow trout into Norway’s fjords, I see we have become mirror images of the same industrial disaster. Diseased American trout threaten Norway’s wild salmon, while diseased Atlantic farm salmon threaten Canada’s wild salmon. Why would we do this? The world has noticed that salmon farming is a dirty industry. People are increasingly afraid to eat farmed salmon due to toxins. I described the salmon-farming nightmare on 60 Minutes. Bloomberg, the world’s leading business publication, reports on "Why You'll Never Want to Eat Farm-Raised Salmon." The relationship between your salmon farmers and both our governments is disturbing. Norway, world champion for social responsibility, actually convinced the EU to permit 10xs more endosulfan in farmed salmon feed to increase profitability. This is one of the most dangerous pesticides banned in most parts of the world because of the horrific damage it does to babies! Is this really the same Norway, who chooses the Nobel Peace Prize laureates to reward the highest moral behavior? Meanwhile, in Canada laws are being rewritten to legalize release of sea lice chemicals that kill wild fish, transfer of diseased farmed salmon into wild salmon habitat, ownership of salmon in Canadian waters, and 9-year licences. This is madness.Our countries are failing to live up to our standards. Salmon farming was born in Norway, but they use Canada to satisfy their shareholders. Norway just divested from dirty oil, (thank you Norway) perhaps it is time to divest from dirty salmon? Please tell your politicians salmon farms are feedlots, they belong on land. The salmon farmers need help learning how to grow up and behave responsibly. Wild salmon are a gift we will not be given twice. Will we rob our children of clean food? Please stop this industry before a devastating virus destroys the last wild salmon. Viral pollution is unforgiveable and our children will not understand why we did this to them. Alexandra Morton Biologist Canada www.alexandramorton.ca
Get fish farms out of BC!
The salmon farming industry is contaminating the BC coast with the most dangerous pollutants known - viruses. Wild salmon, herring and everything that depends on them from whales to people are being impacted. This is a dirty industry that does not belong the ocean. One third of the BC salmon farming industry is using the territorial waters of the Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw without their permission. While government maintains that First Nations support salmon farming, this Nation is determined to cleanse their territorial waters of this industry. In 2015, the Federal Court of Canada ruled that transferring diseased salmon into the ocean pen farms is a violation of the Fisheries Act, and yet there is no evidence that this dirty practice has stopped. In the spring of 2015, sea lice from salmon farms killed up to 40% of the young salmon leaving the rivers of the Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw. There is a federal bill to legislate removal of salmon farms from the ocean, and a petition to tell Canada's MPs that they must vote for this bill. There is no reason to sacrifice wild salmon, bears, whales, the economy and violate Canada's responsibility to respect the First Peoples Nation to Nation to serve foreign shareholders. The fight is on for life on earth! Alexandra Morton Join my mailing list:
COSTCO, Safeway & Loblaws: Please stop selling diseased farm salmon!
Is your dinner diseased? Tell supermarkets to stop selling diseased farm salmon. Since last October I am doing the government's job - testing British Columbia farm salmon in supermarkets for viruses. To date I have found 3 quite nasty European salmon viruses that government tells us are not here - salmon flu virus, salmon Alpavirus and the salmon heart virus. These viruses are following the industrial Atlantic salmon farming industry wherever it operates around the world. It is dangerous to wild salmon, the oceans and our health to allow viruses to mutate and escape into new environments and infect new species. People deserve the right to make informed choices about their food. The BC goverment plans to introduce a law that would make it illegal to publicly report viruses in farm fish and other farm animals. We were sucessful in delaying BC Bill 37 Animal Health Act, but that could change as soon as the BC Parliament sits again this summer. My work will be silenced if that happens. So I am asking you to consider signing this petition now. Supermarket chain Overwaitea has stopped selling netpen farm salmon, but Costco, Loblaws, and Safeway continue. If government is going to ignore this, it is up to us: 1) Sign my petition asking these large grocery chains to refuse to sell salmon that have tested positive for disease. 2) Then ask everyone you know to sign on as well. Brief background I have studied the impact of industrial salmon farms since 1995, publishing many papers, featured in the New York Times, Seattle Times and documentaries for this work. It is clear that hundreds of thousands of farmed salmon crowded into pens in the ocean are breeding grounds for sea lice, bacteria and viruses. Crowded feedlots do cause pathogens to become more lethal. In the wild, predators remove contagious fish as soon as they get sick and so wild salmon population stay healthy. In salmon farms, the sick fish keep shedding disease until they are dead. This is extremely dangerous to the wild salmon and we have to learn not to allow disease to mutate in farm animals - we only need look at the recent swine and avian flu viruses. In 2007 the European salmon flu (ISA virus) went 'viral’ in Chile, causing $2 billion in damages. We have strong scientific evidence to suggest that farm salmon viruses have led to the loss of millions, if not tens of millions, of wild salmon in British Columbia, Canada. If you were buying infected salmon, you would want to know, right? We have the power to protect wild salmon and ourselves from farm salmon viruses. There is much more on my blog: www.alexandramorton.typepad.com Alexandra Morton