My name is Alexandra Morton and I am a scientist who, in 1984 followed a pod of killer whales I was studying into a remote area of the Br...
My name is Alexandra Morton and I am a scientist who, in 1984 followed a pod of killer whales I was studying into a remote area of the British Columbia coast. In 1987, salmon farms moved into the area. Initially, I thought they would be good for my tiny community. I was wrong. In 1997, fishermen spraying down their fishboat felt their lips go numb; it was the beginning of the algae blooms. In 2001, a fishing lodge brought her two tiny young wild salmon covered in sea lice. Hence, I began a ten-year study on how sea lice from salmon farms impact and kill wild salmon. I began researching the impact of salmon farms on wild salmon, publishing over 20 scientific papers in top scientific journals. I've been to Norway to speak at the annual general meetings of the companies using the BC coast. I've taken the industry to court, multiple times, often winning, but nothing fundamentally changed. Finally I turned to advocacy, leading thousands of people on a 500 km walk to the BC Parliament.