Ecojustice Blog – Nature, Special Update Posted on June 8, 2017 (updated: June 8, 2017)

Fuel my fight for wild salmon

alex-and-tatoo photo by Ivan AlexisAlexandra MortonClient
Photo by Ivan Alexis
Photo by Ivan Alexis

My name is Alex, and thanks to people like you, Ecojustice lawyers are helping me protect Pacific wild salmon.
I moved to B.C. in the 1980s and settled in a remote community in Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw territory in the Broughton Archipelago – the perfect place to spend a lifetime studying orcas. But it wasn’t long before salmon farms started popping up, and I watched the orcas disappear.

As the B.C. salmon farm industry grew, so did the prevalence of parasites and viruses in wild salmon —the main food source for resident orcas. I wanted to know what was going on, so I shifted my research from orcas to study the impacts of fish farms on wild salmon.

When I discovered that a B.C. salmon farm was transferring farm salmon infected with piscine reovirus into the ocean, I questioned the legality because scientific evidence suggested this posed a significant threat to wild salmon and our coast. I needed the power of the law on my side in the face of the federal government’s indifference. So I turned to Ecojustice for help.


With support from people like you, Ecojustice lawyer Margot Venton and her colleagues helped me take the federal government to court. They spent thousands of hours working on my behalf — for free, I might add — and walked into that courtroom well-prepared to face deep-pocketed corporate and government lawyers. Their preparation paid off: We won our case!

Despite this victory, the government still refuses to test B.C. farm salmon for piscine reovirus before putting them into wild salmon habitat. That’s why we’re back in Court — to force the government to take a precautionary approach to wild salmon protection — and we can’t do it without you.

Wild salmon are the bloodstream of this coast. They feed more than 100 species, including orcas and the trees that make the oxygen we breathe. Join me in the fight to protect the salmon that bring life to the B.C. coast by making a donation to Ecojustice today.


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