Salmon Confidential is a new film on the government cover up of what is killing BC’s wild salmon. When biologist Alexandra Morton discovers BC’s wild salmon are testing positive for dangerous European salmon viruses associated with salmon farming worldwide, a chain of events is set off by government to suppress the findings. Tracking viruses, Morton moves from courtrooms, into British Columbia’s most remote rivers, Vancouver grocery stores and sushi restaurants. The film documents Morton’s journey as she attempts to overcome government and industry roadblocks thrown in her path and works to bring critical information to the public in time to save BC’s wild salmon. The film provides surprising insight into the inner workings of government agencies, as well as rare footage of the bureaucrats tasked with managing our fish and the safety of our food supply.
Industry and government deny the piscine reovirus (PRV) is anything to be concerned about, even though this newly introduced, highly infectious virus from Norway has infected over 90% of the salmon farms in BC and is rapidly spreading to BC’s wild salmon. In this video Twyla hops a plane to Norway to find out what scientists there have to say about PRV and it’s effects on salmon. WATCH FILM HERE
The Virology Journal just published the first scientific publication on the occurrence of piscine reovirus outside of Norway. In this paper, Morton and co-authors show that piscine reovirus is in British Columbia, that it came from Norway and that it likely entered BC sometime around 2007. READ THE PAPER HERE
We need fishermen to keep an eye out for disease symptoms in salmon they are catching, so we produced to educate fishermen around the province in what to look for in their salmon and what to do when they find something unusual. If you know of a place where fishermen would see the poster consider helping out by posting the poster there. ORDER OR DOWNLOAD POSTER HERE
Documentary filmmaker Twyla Roscovich thought she was just going to make a short 10 minute video on diseased salmon for a marine biologist she knew. She ended up producing a gripping 70 minute eye-opening feature documentary. LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE
In this for the Long Haul- for wild salmon
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