This letter was so good we wanted to share it here, before it gets archived forever. It appeared in the Chronicle-Herald newspaper in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Oct. 23, 2012.
Beware of Facebook science
I have been reading about Alexandra Morton’s exploits in Nova Scotia, and she seems to be a self-appointed saviour whose only goal is disruption. So far, she has attempted to harm Sobeys and our aquaculture industry.
As a scientist, I would not pretend that results reported on Facebook concerning fish quality were scientifically valid. There is so much that has not been reported, including source of fish, randomness of the store and fish selection, and numbers of fish and stores sampled. Particularly important would be the number of sea lice occurring on wild-caught fish. This is in addition to the fact there is no risk whatsoever to consumers.
Ms. Morton has generated a frenzy among coastal residents, many of whom are already opposed to aquaculture. Nova Scotians who are looking at aquaculture on a factual basis rather than via scare tactics should beware of “science” presented in this fashion.
Jon Grant, PhD, Halifax