Friday, November 16, 2018 | 07:00 PM
Racing a Virus
Piscine reovirus may be the biggest industrial spill in the history of British Columbia. A virus resulting from high
levels of pathogens released from salmon farms, it poses a fatal risk to local wild salmon populations. In this
film, marine biologist Alexandra Morton discusses the origin of piscine reovirus and the controversies
surrounding Atlantic salmon farming. Morton calls this film a last stand for wild salmon
Length: 6 minutes
Cast & Credits
Director: Alexandra Morton
Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
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Alexandra Morton is an independent biologist in British Columbia. She was quietly studying killer whales in a remote archipelago off the west coast of Canada when the Norwegian salmon farming industry moved in. With them came toxic algae blooms, sea lice infestations, exotic viruses and the whales she was studying left. As the only biologist on scene, she felt compelled to document the damage associated with the salmon farming industry. In addition to the ongoing research, Morton has launched 5 lawsuits against the industry, won 3 and one is pending a decision. As the wild stocks of herring and salmon continued to suffer, slipping to dangerously low levels, Morton picked up the tool of activism leading a 400 km march, and joined the 280-day indigenous occupation of the salmon farms in 2017-18.