Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Unspinning Fish Farm Spin - Dec 27, 2011

This post will be dedicated to unspinning fish farm spin.

Read this article: http://salmonfarmscience.com/2011/12/19/its-a-small-science-world/.

Now unspinning:

1. The Cohen Commission did not live stream the last three days of testimony (and there was precious little live streaming earlier) because they used a bigger hall where they felt all the audience could get in and hear it.

2. It is not true that not live streaming means only media reports will get out and be negative to fish farms. The day's transcripts are available to media right away and to the public in another week.

3. Kibenge put out an article in 2001 saying that farmed coho were lethally wiped out while Atlantics nearby, in Chile, suffered no damage: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11411649, shows how deadly it can be for coho, even when Atlantic salmon are not affected.

4. Are Nylund, along with Kibenge and Miller said it is likely that Norwegian ISA is in BC. Nylund took Miller to task, but later it was shown that she has the best and fastest equipment for testing for ISA in farmed fish.

5. Miller's results will confirm ISA in BC, however, the OIE manual, Table 5, gives what is considered confirmed and presumptive positive. She also pointed out that farmed chinook in Clayoquot Sound have ISA and 25% have it. In an average farm this means more than 100,000 sick farmed fish.

6. Yes, Winton could well be involved in an international, arms-length, with no fish farm conflict of interest testing, but work on ISA has been going by the recognized OIE labs for well over a decade. And his work was before Miller found a huge number of farmed chinook in Clayoquot Sound with ISA.

7. As for the suggestion that ISA may be a Pacific disease contradicts the overwhelming amount of science that says there were only two strains of ISA, both from the Atlantic Ocean until the LinkNorwegian fish farms developed the infectious strain and it broke out all around the world where fish farms have set up. See this Kibenge paper: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.com/2011/10/isa-infections-world-wide-sine-1984.html. Now there are 28 strains of ISA in Chile alone - this is Cermaq/Mainstream's own research.

8. It is silly to state that Miller is not an ISA virus expert. She has found more cases than anyone else, and this includes the DFO Moncton lab who can't seem to find ISA, because they are not an expert lab, like Nylund, Kibenge and Miller. All three said it was not up to international standards.

Fish farms should be on land.


  1. I think your way off base here. What happened to that great article you wrote a few years ago? I think it was called "In Defense of Atlantic Salmon" . Of course that was before you sold out to foreign funded special interest groups.

  2. Gee, it would be nice for someone to give me some money. I am doing this for free because I stand for wild salmon. That is my whole motivation.

    Fish farms are motivated only by trying to make billions of dollars.

    The article you mention fairly points out that the science says Atlantic salmon cannot fertilize wild Pacific salmon or push them aside, and have not reproduced successfully in freshwater themselves.

    On the other hand, on the east coast of Canada and the US, every river within 300 km of an Atlantic salmon fish farm has escaped farm fish reducing the genetic diversity of local wild Atlantics.

    The only way forward for fish farms in BC is on land. It is not worth destroying 100 million BC salmon and then working around the Pacific, for the sake of the industry's very small number of jobs - 820. Fish farms will never amount to much in economic effect.