News Release from Salmon Are Sacred (October 21)
Sointula, British Columbia
– The Norwegian-owned salmon farming company Marine Harvest is in court next week (October 25-27) in Port Hardy charged with four counts of illegal possession of wild herring and salmon.
“Marine Harvest admitted to having wild salmon in their net,” said Bill McKay of Mackay Whale Watching, who is a witness for the prosecution and will be testifying in court. “I am sick and tired of Marine Harvest riding roughshod over our laws and operating without a care for the marine environment and wilderness tourism industry.”
Speaking at a press conference today at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Alexandra Morton said: "Loosing a virus as lethal and contagious as ISA into the North Pacific is a cataclysmic biological threat to life. The European strain of ISA virus can only have come from the Atlantic salmon farms. European strain ISA infected Chile via Atlantic salmon eggs in 2007.”
The European strain of Infectious Salmon Anaemia (ISA) is reported for the first time in Pacific salmon - in wild sockeye caught in Rivers Inlet on the Central Coast.
[Photo: Chief Bob Chamberlin with Alexandra Morton - pictured at a press conference at Simon Fraser University]
Read the press release from Simon Fraser University: