For about 15 years, there’s been an aggressive campaign by anti-oil sand, anti-LNG, anti-fracking environmental groups against salmon farming in British Columbia. So on Monday I attended a press conference by biologist Alexandra Morton, announcing a campaign called “Operation Virus Hunter,” looking for the prevalence of piscine reovirus, or PRV.
Of course, no good environmental opposition movement would be complete without an appearance by Saint Suzuki himself, numerous First Nations activists, and a celebrity endorser, in this case B.C. born actress and former boyhood crush, Pamela Anderson.
Morton insisted that the science was on her side but I found some published, peer reviewed science on the prevalence of PRV in wild salmon who cross by farmed salmon pens that shows the piscine reovirus has been known to be in the Pacific Ocean since the 1980s, long before the advent of salmon farming.
So this isn't about science. This is nothing more than a continuation of the same foreign pay masters attacking our industries.
Do you want to see an end to this kind of interference from third party groups? We’ve got a campaign and petition going right now at TidesOut.ca. Will you sign it and stand up for sustainable and environmentally responsible salmon farming and other targeted Canadian industries?