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General · 23rd May 2012
Alex Morton
In two weeks the Province of BC wants to make it illegal to talk about reportable diseases in animals destined for human consumption http://www.theprovince.com/news/information+farm+outbreaks/6657194/story.html They also seek to amend the Offence Act so that the punishment can be maximum for talking about reportable diseases in animals/fish people are going to eat. I am in shock.

Last night Anissa and I went to observe the offloading of the OCEAN KING mort packer for Mainstream. They are moving the viral infected fish through the most productive wild salmon waters of the west coast of Vancouver Island – Alberni Inlet – and avoiding every fish farm. There was no containment around the vessel as they pumped, the trucks were dripping bloodwater as they drove to the nearby Land, Earth and Sea "organic" composting facility between China Creek and Port Alberni. There is concern this will leach directly into the Inlet. People do not understand why this facility was used and not the much more secure mass mortality compost facility in Parksville. These fish should be removed before the next big rainfall.

We contacted Local First Nations who were not notified. DFO was called but they were not visible on scene, the mayor showed up but did not speak with me. The boat left and will presumably be back late today.

We have posted videos at Salmon Are Sacred facebook page and a posting on my blog alexandramorton.typepad.com

So, folks, this may be the last chance the people of Canada have the opportunity to be vocal about highly infectious diseases in Norwegian feedlots, leaching into BC. The nprovince's premier Christy Clark is taking us into Dark Ages. Mainstream is telling the world I breached quarantine at the dock, but there was none when we arrived and once there was I never stepped inside.

http://www.twitter.com/CTVNewsGord

If you want wild salmon this is your last chance to protect them from viruses in salmon farms. I have no reason to trust that is IHN in the Dixon fish farm owned by Cermaq (which is largely owned by the Norwegian government). If it is IHN we don't know what strain and IHN epidemics in Atlantic salmon are not natural to BC waters. The doors on free speech are slamming shut. If you feel like using democracy to try and stop this, now would be a good time.

Previous post May 20
There is an outbreak of a virus in Clayoquot Sound near the endangered salmon runs of the Megin River. A second farm tested positive on Friday near Sechelt Inlet. Government says it is IHN, government says it is not a problem for wild salmon, but the scientific literature says different.

Government and the salmon farming industry have won my complete distrust and so I am trying to find out more and trying to get samples to run tests on the farm salmon and the wild salmon nearby.

If this virus is truly no problem, the industry, the province and the federal government should be fine with independent tests.

http://alexandramorton.typepad.com/alexandra_morton/2012/05/viral-outbreak-in-cermaq-farm-in-clayoquot.html

Mainstream, owned by the Norwegian government is killing 1/2 million fish "This is code red," says Mainstream spokesperson Laurie Jensen

Very disturbing,