New York Times Profiles Salmon Farm Critic


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
November 3, 2008

The New York Times ran a profile yesterday of a British Columbia salmon farm critic fighting to protect killer whales. Alexandra Morton, a self-trained biologist, says farmed salmon are partly responsible for infecting wild salmon, the whales' main diet, with sea lice , endangering the whale population.

"She doesn't come from a science background but she has had a lot of influence in highlighting the issue," Ray Hilborn, a University of Washington researcher, told the newspaper.

Titled "Saving Wild Salmon, in Hopes of Saving the Orca," the profile includes a seven-plus-minute video of Morton's crusade on the Times' Web site,

Also interviewed for the profile was Kelly Osborne, who manages British Columbia salmon farm sites for Marine Harvest. He said farmed fish are treated with an anti-louse drug called Slice as smolts begin their migration to the ocean. The drug is so effective, he said, that perhaps only one in 10 penned farmed fish have a live louse.

Government officials told the Times that it's premature to blame salmon farms for declines in wild salmon runs, because the numbers fluctuate naturally.

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