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Sea Shepherd throwing around a (red) herring

 Sea Shepherd throwing around a (red) herring

The following conversation posted on the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Facebook page shows the Sea Shepherd caught in a lie. Although Sea Shepherd leader, Paul Watson, admits that “lying to everyone is OK” as long as it served his cause, we’d suggest Sea Shepherd try harder to make the lie more resilient to a simple web search.Insert 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Herring fisheries have been closed for 31 years” (since 1986) they say. “The decline is not due to overfishing” they say.

We fact checked, and what we found probably won’t surprise you: Sea Shepherd is wrong. Dead wrong, in fact.

The last time a herring fishery occurred in the Broughton area (referred to as fishing area 12) was in 1976 – 40 years ago – and a full decade before the first farm-raised salmon was stocked into the area. But perhaps more relevant, the last consistent fishery took place in Area 12 in the 1950s: well over 30 years before the words “salmon farming” was uttered by a Canadian (see Figure 1).

According to life-long fishermen, this area and others with similar attributes (depth, current, temperature, and phytoplankton) are productive “nursery” grounds for herring, but they don’t often produce fish that are the right size for commercial catch.

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Figure 1: Broughton Archipelago herring fishery (Area 12, subsection 125W). For coast map of all regions, see http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/science/species-especes/pelagic-pelagique/herring-hareng/herspawn/jstr_map-eng.html

 Coast wide, B.C.’s herring fishery collapsed in the mid-1960s (see Figure 2). But there are a few known catch areas in British Columbia that still produce fish large enough to catch, consistently: Haida Gwaii, Central Coast, and Georgia Strait. In fact, the Georgia Strait had a record high catch of herring in 2016.

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Figure 2: BC Herring Catch and Estimated Spawners (1900-2017). Read more at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/science/species-especes/pelagic-pelagique/herring-hareng-eng.html

 So, Sea Shepherd is lying about of the Pacific Herring fishery in British Columbia.

But are they right when they say “Alaska doesn’t farm salmon”? We’ll leave you with this photo of one salmon aquaculture facility in Alaska:

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OK, just one more photo then we’re done…

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Salmon Farm Science “touched a nerve” with Alexandra Morton

Salmon Farm Science definitely “touched a nerve” with Alexandra Morton in two recent blogs, Activist Alexandra Morton lies on national TV and Activist Alexandra Morton makes her lie even bigger

Alexandra Morton has taken to her Salmon are Sacred Facebook page and has even has posted a blog;

Who is calling me a liar? inviting her followers tojoin in the sleuthing” to uncover who is behind Salmon Farm Science.

We enjoyed reading the comment Salmon Farm Science posted on Alex’s blog and agree 100%

Hi Alex, it’s disappointing that you are wasting so much time trying to “out” the authors of our blog instead of explaining your lies, your deliberate misrepresentations of science and your dishonesty. Do you truly believe what you are saying? That is understandable. But it shows you are not interested in a real discussion, but in being right. The day you show true humility and actually admit that you’ve been wrong about things you’ve said about salmon farming is the day we will admit who we are and buy you lunch.

Meanwhile, mobilizing your cult army of clicktivists against us is amusing. Please continue.

Here are the links to the two Salmon Farm Science blogs. The comments posted on these two blogs are of interest, Salmon Farm Science and others do a great job responding to Alex’s “army of clicktivists”

Activist Alexandra Morton lies on national TV

Salmon Farm Science, May 12, 2014

CBS’ famous 60 Minutes program recently aired several segments about salmon farming, and they were actually pretty fair.

The show was a generally fair representation of salmon farming in BC. I especially liked how the segment showing the seafloor beneath a fallowed salmon farm showed the seafloor was crawling with prawns.

My only two concerns were:

1) Letting Alexandra Morton get away with a bald-faced lie when she talks about the ISA virus and says, “There’s nobody actually looking at the wild fish carefully.”

This is COMPLETELY false and it’s a shame 60 Minutes did not challenge her on this lie.

Read the Full Salmon Farm Science Blog here: http://salmonfarmscience.com/2014/05/12/activist-alexandra-morton-lies-on-national-tv/http://salmonfarmscience.com/2014/05/12/activist-alexandra-morton-lies-on-national-tv/

 Activist Alexandra Morton makes her lie even bigger

Salmon Farm Science, May 20, 2014

It would appear I touched a nerve with this post last week.

Annoyed by being caught in a lie, Alexandra Morton mobilized her followers to copy-paste this in the comments section:…

Read the full Salmon Farm Science Blog here: http://salmonfarmscience.com/2014/05/20/activist-alexandra-morton-makes-her-lie-even-bigger/