Monthly Archives: August 2010

Alexandra Morton: selective data makes a mockery of “science”

The Cohen Commission has started its Inquiry into the decline of sockeye salmon in the Fraser River.  The Inquiry will look at the many issues facing Fraser sockeye and will make recommendations for improving the future sustainability of the sockeye stocks in the Fraser River.

This is good stuff…important stuff for sure.

But many environmental groups have already made this their own personal forum to vent their dislike of salmon aquaculture.

Fair enough. After all, it’s what they get paid to do.

But wouldn’t these same groups also want to investigate the potential impacts of salmon ranching operations on wild fish populations? Maybe, but it depends on whose paying you, I guess.

A blog called “The Truth about Alaska Salmon” thinks that Alaska salmon ranching programs are fair game. It recently posted a story and graph which not only proves its point but also pokes fun at how selective information is touted as “science” by activists such as Alexandra Morton.

Fraser River Sockeye Returns

To read the story, click here


Who tells what, when?

It’s nice to see this week that the T. Buck Suzuki Foundation, EcoJustice and Alexandra Morton have such strong faith in the provincial government’s auditing process, that during its recent delay they feel farm operations will have deteriorated.

We’d think that they would build their faith in the years and years of fish health reports that have confirmed what salmon farmers are saying – that “our fish are healthy”. Yet, they’re still unhappy.

Really, they’re grasping at straws. Remember how T. Buck threw a fit about the last bunch of provincial data not being released?” It seems when the information did come out, the activists lost the phone numbers of the media they’d stirred up … Or maybe it was because the records only showed that all the nasty things they’d suggested would be there, weren’t. (

Seems more like it.

While salmon farmers look for a way to keep the auditing and monitoring process healthy, it’s these groups that are spreading venom about. They’re even suggesting that in the absence of the province, nothing is being done on farms. Really?

It’s wrong. There’s regular testing on farmed salmon and reporting to the government continues. In fact, salmon farms have to report far more than other protein production industries. While other protein source farming can self administer antibiotics to produce their product to market, salmon farmers must have a veterinarian prescribe and oversee the application of all medication.

So when Ms. Morton says other farmers wouldn’t get away with a change in information reporting, we say she may want to pay attention to what’s in her fridge.

For people who want so much information from the industry they sure keep a lot of the reported good things we do to themselves.