Morton and her fellow scientists have built a strong case that pathogens from salmon farming are threatening wild salmon but the B.C. and Canadian governments have refused to acknowledge the danger and the need to take action.
She then turned to activism, trying to tell the public about the serious threat of salmon farming on the very future of wild salmon an B.C.'s coast. She organized impressive educational and activist recruitment campaigns. She organized B.C.'s biggest environmental rally ever on the steps of the legislature in Victoria. She won a major victory in BC Supreme Court getting regulatory jurisdiction for salmon farms transferred from B.C. to Ottawa.
But, as Morton challenged the Roberts Creek audience, she is still trying to build a bigger movement of citizens concerned with the future of salmon because her efforts so far have done very little to ameliorate the deadly effect of continuing salmon farming on wild salmon. The pens are still in the water and the industry continues to proliferate to ever wider areas of our coast.
Finally, she spoke about her hopes from the ongoing Cohen Commission into Fraser River salmon, which moves on Monday, Aug. 22, to cover aquaculture. There is a smoking gun -- a salmon endangering virus spread by sea lice associated with salmon farming pens -- but it is still going to be a difficult battle to get the Harper government to mandate the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to switch from being a salmon production ministry, now focused upon supporting the salmon farming industry, to being the protecting regulator needed to save wild salmon. She speaks at the commission during the week in Aug. 29.