Last Wednesday, October 24, Drs. Alexandra Morton and Rick Routledge received SFU’s Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy. The Sterling award honours work that either challenges complacency and provokes controversy, or contributes to its understanding. According to SFU’s Sterling webpage, “the prize winner is selected for decidedly unconventional and distinctly untraditional work that provokes a wide audience.
That is how many sea lice Alex Morton and Anissa Reed found on a single farmed Atlantic salmon purchased at Lord's Lobsters
in Saint John, New Brunswick. Approximately 100 sea lice.
Get the details by reading Alex's blog
The maxim “Divide and Conquer” has served the salmon farm industry well. Even as it spreads across the globe, this industry has promoted the story that the ecological and economic devastation brought by salmon feedlots – whether in Norway, Chile, Scotland, Atlantic Canada or British Columbia – are “local” phenomena unrelated to one another.
Alexandra Morton has responded to the industry’s propaganda machine with her feet, by relentlessly visiting communities impacted by salmon feedlots in person
. “I realized, travelling through salmon land, that there is a wealth of knowledge there, and we want to bring those people together”
, Morton explained at a recent talk
in Vancouver, B.C.