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Science and Politics Meet Fish Farms and a Virus

Video by biologist Alexandra Morton breaks down the debate and where she and others stand.

Submitted by Tyee Staff, 2 Mar 2018

 

Biologist and anti-fish farm activist Alexandra Morton has been researching a deadly virus – piscine reovirus or PRV – that has caused disease in B.C. salmon farms.

Her findings? That PRV likely originated from Norway, and was introduced to B.C. waters by the industry.

Not all research shares her conclusion.

The three papers co-published by Norwegian seafood company Marine Harvest (which raises salmon in Canada, among other countries) and B.C. and federal scientists conclude PRV is natural to B.C. and harmless to Pacific salmon. However, the papers published without Marine Harvest conclude the opposite: PRV found in B.C. is from Norway and causing harm to Pacific salmon.

Morton explains our fish farm industry and the politics behind it in the video above.

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