After a 30 year battle, First Nations of the Broughton Archipelago have an agreement with government to remove the Marine Harvest and Cermaq salmon farms from their territories, some immediately, some over the next few years. This is an unprecedented retreat by this aggressive industry.
Now, we need to watch over the wild salmon during this transition period. Their numbers are critically low.
I am launching EXTINCTION WATCH to make the fate of the wild salmon swimming through Broughton highly public as they are infected with farm lice and industrial pathogens.
I will bring you images of the young salmon migrating past the farms next spring, and return next fall. I will continue research on the farm louse infections on wild salmon and will continue sampling the waste coming out of the farms to find out which ones are infected.
I am biologist who has been on the water here since 1984, check out my science.
Maybe by this miracle the salmon of the Broughton Archipelago will be the first to make a comeback after salmon farms and I feel we increase their chances by standing by them at this critical moment as they struggle to resist extinction. Whatever happens to them, is happening to us and our future.
Funds donated here go to fueling my boat, virus testing, communications and keeping food on my table.
Today I am heading out for my 19th year of research on the impact of sea lice from salmon farms on wild salmon. I look at the site where the 1st salmon farm has been removed by the First Nations of the Broughton, it was called Glacier Falls. Will there be any young salmon swimming through this bay, is it too late, and if they show up will they look different than when the farm was there pumping billions of sea lice into the ocean? I will let you know. Thank you to the Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw for allowing me to do this research.
On February 4, 2019, I won a Federal Court ruling that DFO's refusal to screen farm salmon for the virus PRV is unlawful. Three days later, DFO made a reckless announcement that PRV is not harming Fraser sockeye salmon. Scientists involved are outraged and don't support this conclusion. Meanwhile the majority of sockeye in the upper Fraser, which are infected with this Norwegian virus, were officially at imminent risk of extinction. Someone needs to be tracking this virus as it is spreading through BC waters.