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Science vs social media: Alexandra Morton’s own words

What do you do when another one of your prophecies turns out to be false?

Why, rewrite history, of course!

Activist Alexandra Morton has done an about-face on the risks posed by the IHN virus, also known as the “sockeye disease” because it’s naturally found in sockeye salmon. This week she dismissed a report from DFO showing that the virus poses little to no risk to wild salmon from salmon farms.

Her response?

On the same day the report was published, (December 20, 2017), Ms. Morton responded that “IHN is a sockeye virus, they have some immunity to it. Atlantic salmon die easily from IHN virus and Fraser sockeye carry it, so infection pressure is likely greater from the wild to the farm salmon. So thanks for the update DFO, please get back to us on the other viruses.” https://www.facebook.com/alexandra.morton.1671/posts/2124993627729187:0

She used to think it was important and dangerous. In 2012 she claimed that “…the decline in productivity of Fraser sockeye is alarmingly correlated with massive IHN outbreaks from salmon feedlots.”

In 2016, she pulled the alarm again, stating  “It seems apparent that IHNV is exceptionally contagious, that Fraser River Sockeye Salmon are at times migrating through narrow passages infused with the virus as it is shed from Atlantic Salmon farms and processing plants, and that this exposure occurs during the Sockeye Salmon’s most susceptible marine lifestage. The evidence suggests that farm-origin IHNV presents a greater than minimal risk of serious harm to Fraser River Sockeye Salmon.”

Then on December 20, 2017, 39 experts conclude, after a comprehensive risk review, that “there are minimal risks to the wild Fraser River sockeye salmon populations due to the transfer of IHNV from Atlantic salmon farms in the Discovery Islands. Current fish health management practices such as vaccination and eradication of infected fish, help to minimize the risk. The advice in the report was developed by consensus. The peer review group was made up of 39 experts from various disciplines selected for their expertise and knowledge. The participants included scientific expertise from DFO, provinces, academia (Canada and International), Indigenous peoples, and stakeholders.”

So, again, Ms. Morton is proven to be wrong. She had attempted to scare people (with some great success) with speak of “mutating viruses” and claimed that “wild salmon infused with the IHN virus from farm salmon, and this correlates with decline in Fraser sockeye.” But when the evidence confirms she is wrong, she essentially responds with “Yah, whatev. I have many more viruses to scare people with.”

Lovely lady.

Check out these clear examples of how Ms. Morton makes stuff up on social media. We’ve provided examples of her fear-laden comments on social media, and compared them to science papers she has published on the same subject (but the peer process required to publish a science paper limited her ability to lie).

 Do farms influence wild salmon returns?

 Are pink salmon in the Broughton region being “wiped out” by salmon farms?

 Are sea lice resistant to drugs?

 Are sea lice found on wild salmon in areas without salmon farms?

 Do fish in the Pacific ocean have new exotic diseases brought by salmon farms?

 

The Stalker

Most people are familiar with the feeling of being stalked. An unnerving feeling of having a person watch your daily moves, practice covert surveillance and gather information about your life without ever revealing their efforts.

Some of us are unlucky enough to have been stalked or bullied by a former friend, partner, school mate or colleague. This person lurks in the shadows, menacing the victim. Their intent is not for direct confrontation, but to undermine mental stability and create panic which results in self destruction. It is a cowardly method of attack, but very effective.

Anti-salmon farming activist Alexandra Morton has stalked salmon farmers for most of her lifetime.

Not all salmon farmers in BC are susceptible to her attacks, but some are extremely vulnerable. Young men and women, First Nation employees, workers that live in small island communities, and the employees who work and live at remote salmon farms far removed from their families. These employees are scared to leave their float house, and to be photographed from a distance by Morton’s telephoto lens, to be identified and shamed in public. They are nervous at their workplace on the open ocean, and at their homes.vlcsnap-2016-07-25-11h47m41s667

Not that Morton will ever physically or verbally attack salmon farmers. Quite the opposite. She is polite, respectful, even gracious in her interactions with staff. For the goal of a stalker is never direct confrontation, it is to watch the prey lose its nerves and stop functioning.

Morton is too familiar with the courts to put herself on the wrong side of the law, unless it is an arrest that will win her public sympathy. She’ll never be charged with a violent crime. She’s not about to get charged for sexual harassment either. However, earlier this year she took and published a photo of a female employee in a vulnerable position. She invited an online discussion of the photo containing many sexist and derogatory comments about this employee. She only posts the photo, and lets her congregation do the dirty work.

And while Morton may not physically or verbally attack her victim, her Facebook followers scramble to express their allegiance to her in very concerning ways.Alexis in school

This is Canada, 2017. We should not, and do not, tolerate individuals causing fear through bullying, harassment, intimidation or stalking.