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Salmon Confidential, a fish out of water

A review By Paul T, June 6, 2013 posted on Canadian Content.

In early March of this year, documentarian Twyla Roscovich released a feature film titled Salmon Confidential. The documentary takes a polemic approach to salmon farming in British Columbia. I first learned of the documentary when an article popped up in a Google news feed I have set up for aquatic animal health. In that article, Twyla was responding to some commentators including those working for fish farming companies. She mentioned the science background that props up her documentary, so I decided to watch it for myself.

This review will follow the science of fish health in the documentary chronologically, and I’ll finish with some more high level discussion points that I think run through the debate between the activists and the farm supporters. The film features edited content from many familiar names in the debate: Alexandra Morton, Dr. Rick Routledge, Dr. Gary Marty, Dr. Kristi Miller, Dr. Fred Kibenge, and many others. I won’t really comment on the filmography of the piece, though obviously that contributes to the flavour one might take from the film…

To read the full review of Salmon Confidential, a fish out of water go to:


Who are these people anyway?

The tone of that simple question changes dramatically, depending on where you put the emphasis . In the case of the people behind the “Salmon Confidential” film, we have to say it this way: Who ARE these people anyway? With an incredulous, exasperated tone.

Why are we so cheesed? We’ve got good reason.The media coverage of Salmon Confidential has in general been very non-critical: particularly of the now non-professional ‘biologist’ Alexandra Morton and her videographer sidekick Twyla Roscovich. Media has generally avoided asking them any critical questions about the film and their reasons for making it.

But –someone has to ask:  How far would these two go to make a film say what they like? Well, we’re starting to get a feel for how flexible Ms. Roscovich’s moral standards may be.

We already knew that in 2010, she and a film project partner were called out for offering to pay people to talk about their experiences in salmon farming while offering them complete anonymity – a highly questionable ethical decision particularly for people trying to share the ‘real story’.

“If they’re documentary filmmakers, they’re journalists…While not unprecedented – while there isn’t a written code that says they can’t do that – I think whenever you pay for information, sources are more likely to give you what they want to hear than what’s true.” (From a Public Eye Online article about this incident, archived here)

Then there was the petty (and slightly bizarre) episode of Ms. Roscovich posting a fake Kijiji ad about a fellow videographer and former coworker. The ad, which included the videographer’s real name and telephone number, suggested he was involved in the erotic video business and was selling a boa constrictor. When contacted, Roscovich said she had posted it because of his work with the aquaculture industry. Er. Did we mention that Roscovich had worked with this person on …  corporate salmon farming videos? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkpulwYmmEg&list=UUYPyLDHkN6vFGC1FJjsCcIQ&index=6 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMmlgw_uYkE)

Of course, this post (http://salmonconfidential.com/misquoting-miller/) showing line-by-line the extremely selective editing of testimony within Salmon Confidential should be shocking to anyone who has watched this film, and been at all taken by the arguments within it.

Now there is word that the only interview included in the film that doesn’t align with the filmmakers’ pre-conceived perspectives was undertaken using a fake name and credentials. Word has come to PAA that Dr. Gary Marty was quite taken aback when he attended a viewing of Salmon Confidential to see that “Jean from Shaw TV” who had interviewed him some time ago, was in fact Ms. Roscovich. The interview footage appears in the film.

Sorry – do we need to say that again? Twyla, who made Salmon Confidential, identified herself as Jean from Shaw TV when she did the interview with Dr. Marty which appears in the film.

If that’s not unethical, we don’t know what is.

So, back to the first question: who are these people? Or more appropriately – Who ARE these people?!