Here’s a thought.
Why don’t anti-salmon farming activists, who claim to have all sorts of friends in the commercial and sport fishing and First Nations fishing worlds, go catch some wild fish and sample them?
Nothing would beat a freshly caught fish for sample quality.
And if viruses are truly as endemic in the wild as their tests so far would indicate (if they are even accurate) sampling fresh wild fish should show something.
Plus it would be a good start to some good science.
What anti-salmon farming activists are doing is working backwards from a conclusion: “I know farmed salmon are spreading disease and I am going to prove it.”
Good science doesn’t work that way. Good science asks, “Let’s find out whether or not these things are linked.”
Good science is willing to admit the premise might be wrong, and that there is no connection. In good science, showing there is no connection between A and B is just as important as showing there is a connection.
The problem with the bad science being done by Ms. Alexandra Morton is that she leaves no room for the possibility she is wrong; in fact she constructs all her statements in such a way that she never even has to consider the possibility and that anyone who even considers that possibility is part of some ludicrous conspiracy in her mind.
This is irresponsible, and simply bad science.
And it is a waste of time when we could be doing good science, sampling wild fish, to get some good quality information to better understand the state of salmon populations in BC.