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Alexandra Morton explains her court win over salmon farm industry

PostedMay 23, 2015 by in International

Independent biologist Alexandra Morton explains her recent federal court victory over the salmon farming industry. The ruling restricts salmon farmers’ ability to transfer diseased smolts to their open net pen operations – which could severely impact their financial health and limit their growth potential.

Morton spoke to The Common Sense Canadian’s Damien Gillis via google video hangout from Sointula, BC.


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Damien Gillis

Damien Gillis is a Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker with a focus on environmental and social justice issues - especially relating to water, energy, and saving Canada's wild salmon - working with many environmental organizations in BC and around the world. He is the co-founder, along with Rafe Mair, of The Common Sense Canadian, and a board member of both the BC Environmental Network and the Haig-Brown Institute.


    robin wesley

    What has the fish farm industry paid for government access over the last few years?

    Cheena Graham

    Let’s not be too quick to dismiss the SCOC! In case you hadn’t noticed, we (the good guys) have won some major challenges lately. We just need to hope the Justices continue to remain independent in their rulings.


    It sounds like the Salmon farm industry isnt even checking their salmon for viruses.
    A sort of “dont ask dont tell” strategy.
    It also seems like the Dept of Fisheries isnt checking or doesnt care either?
    This ruling is going to be appealed to the BC Supreme Court.
    And Appealed again to the Supreme Court of Canada.
    15 years and hundreds of thousands of dollars later…..
    Wild salmon suffer.
    Companies from Norway, etc. get richer.
    The federal Govt will change the fisheries act to allow “sick” salmon to be farmed.
    Back to where we started.
    The “jobs,jobs,jobs” mantra rules.


    I would bet money they change the law(cuz thats what they do) and then they will appeal the decision,Gail Shea is good at B.S. thats the reason she is back for a second term as miister of Fisheries

    Don F.

    Thank You for bringing this to us Damien, finally some well deserved respect for Alexandra.
    You have to shake your head that the Feds might appeal this. How obvious it would then be to all just how it doesn’t matter to them right or wrong, sanity or insanity, as long as they can please their corporate friends. I hope they think long and hard about this.
    Thank you to the judge who made these findings, a man of some sense and thank you Alexandra Morton.


    Court decisions mean nothing to this Socred ( Liberal ) gov’t.
    Time for them to go.

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