The following letter was submitted to the Editor of the Globe and Mail by Ian Roberts, Marine Harvest Canada on September 27.
If you enjoy film documentaries that include dubious editing, court testimony manipulation, character assassination, misrepresented lab reports and omission of vital facts about wild salmon migration and fish health, then please watch Salmon Confidential at VIFF.
But if you still enjoy a balanced and fair approach to movie making, then maybe skip it.
Just like the film, the Globe and Mail Q&A with filmmaker Twyla Roscovich (“Documentary filmmaker captures the wild life of salmon”, September 27) includes “errors of fact”. The biggest: that the filmmaker “tried to reach out” to BC salmon farmers for their perspective. That has not happened, ever. However, Ms. Roscovich did use a different name and pretend to represent a news channel to interview a leading fish health professional. She didn’t have to, as the individual has granted dozens of interviews on the subject of salmon.
Salmon Confidential has been produced for a reason; because the plot in this movie failed to impress experts at the Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River and they want to now present their failed argument to an unsuspecting public.
However, after hearing from expert witnesses (veterinarians and fish virologists) Justice Bruce Cohen concluded that the “data presented during this Inquiry did not show that salmon farms were having a significant negative impact on Fraser River sockeye” (Final Report, Volume 3, p. 24, column 2). Additional recommendations from Cohen asked for continuation of fish health data for wild and farm-raised salmon to help confirm his findings and salmon farmers agree to these additional recommendations.
It is disappointing that activists choose to misrepresent an important business to BC; one that employs thousands of responsible farmers on our coast who raise healthy seafood for a growing population while helping to conserve wild salmon stocks.
If you want to learn more about the errors and false claims made in this documentary, please visit Salmon Confidential Exposed at www.SalmonConfidential.com. To learn about salmon farming in British Columbia please visit BC Salmon Farmers Association at www.SalmonFarmers.org.
Marine Harvest Canada