Anti-salmon farm activists are at it again this summer. A group has recently stormed and occupied a farm belonging to Marine Harvest Canada near Alert Bay, BC.
The salmon farming of BC aquaculture was the first industry targeted by the now infamous US based foundations who have campaigned to interfere in Canadian resource development.
You’ve likely seen the work of Vivian Krause who discovered that US charities like the TIDES Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation were funnelling US funds to partners in BC to fight against pipelines, fracking, and forestry.
But in recent years the champion of anti-salmon farm activists is American “biologist” Alexandra Morton, who led a phoney pseudo-science campaign against BC salmon farms last summer.
She took a vessel from the radical activist group Sea Shepherd and proceeded to harass employees at various salmon farms around Vancouver Island.
Morton was back at it and in the news again recently so it's no surprise that she’s participating in this illegal occupation.
Watch as I share a bit of background and update you on the issue, and also show you what some First Nations members had to say to Alexandra Morton and her activists last year.
If we had to rely on the Globe and Mail and other Media Party publications for our news on issues like this, you’d think there was uniform opposition from all First Nations in the area and these activists speak for them.
Instead, the truth is these activists are the fringe minority. In fact hundreds of First Nations are employed in aquaculture.
This is an important industry for BC. As demand for seafood around the world grows, it's imperative to balance aquaculture with wild commercial fishing and we’re so lucky to have the world's best wild salmon.
But before condemning the salmon farming industry, remember the important place it has in our economy.
After all, the world needs seafood, and BC can provide it— both wild and farmed.