October 23, 2017

We’re asking for salmon trouble, says biologist

A noted salmon activist is touring with a new documentary she says spells out the cover up of dangerous viruses in farmed salmon.
 
Alexandra Morton says fish farming and aquaculture is not bad, but putting them in the ocean on salmon migration routes could lead to disaster, “It is risky to allow pathogens to get into a feedlot and pour out. I mean, a farm that is experiencing an epidemic, according to DFO testimony at the Cohen Commission, produces 60-billion infectious viral particles per hour. You put that in a small, narrow channel and then you run all the Fraser sockeye through there, you have got to expect trouble.”

Morton says governments are trying to keep a lid on the problem to prevent a trade disruption.

She adds, eating farmed salmon contributes to the threat facing BC’s wild fish.

CKNW Vancouver News

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