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Fishing in British Columbia => Fishing-related Issues & News => Topic started by: IronNoggin on March 19, 2021, 12:50:58 PM

Title: Morton Calls For DFO Heads to Roll
Post by: IronNoggin on March 19, 2021, 12:50:58 PM
And backs that with some rather disturbing FOI revelations...

Dear Senior DFO Staff Some Must Step Away from the Fish

"These are just three of many examples where senior DFO management withheld critical information which served to protect the salmon farming industry while causing Fraser River sockeye and other salmon severe harm.

Your conduct has also crippled the salmon farming industry. You removed any incentive from the industry to meet the standards Canadians expect to protect wild salmon and thus you have made the industry wholly dependent on your capacity to suppress science. Had your approach been more responsible (honest), BC would have a flourishing wild salmon economy and be a leader in the more sustainable methods of farming salmon that have captured global investment.

Given how entrenched this behaviour has become, I believe early retirement or transfer away from decisions affecting wild salmon will have to come to a significant number of senior staff.
Title: Re: Morton Calls For DFO Heads to Roll
Post by: IronNoggin on April 19, 2021, 12:22:23 PM
First head to roll:
Andrew Thompson - Pacific Region Regional Director.
Lateral transfer about to take place.
Basically a demotion to a portfolio he has no experience with (typical for DFO btw...)
Confirmed and in the works.
You heard it here first.

Wonder who is next...

Title: Re: Morton Calls For DFO Heads to Roll
Post by: Fisherbob on April 19, 2021, 12:47:42 PM
“Why you don’t deserve the attention you crave

Dear Alexandra Morton,

You have recently publicly challenged a scientist to debate you about salmon farming in British Columbia. This is not the first time you have asked for a public debate. As a grassroots group, BC Aquaculture Awareness wanted to write you to let you know, from our perspective, why we recommend qualified and ethical scientists should not waste their time engaging with you.

Please understand that this open letter to you is not an attack on your self. It is, however, a critique of your concerning behaviours that salmon farmers have witnessed over the past few decades. Below are just a few of those concerning behaviours which are very understandable reasons why no ethical and reasonable person would bother to engage with you:

Dishonesty: Most people are honest about who pays them. You have been asked for transparency about your funding, but have so far refused. When asked if Alaska salmon interests fund your anti-salmon farming campaign, you have said “no”. However, we know this  not the truth. An Alaska salmon purveyor has stated online that they provided your campaign a portion of its profits.  That’s just what we’ve found with an online search – we know there is much funding not found by Google.

You ask for a farm tour, but refuse to tour a farm: In the summer of 2009, you requested, a tour of a salmon farm. Two biologists joined you at the farm and began sampling fish for sea lice prevalence. You arrived in your boat and did not disembark – you refused to engage with any person on the farm. This is disappointing, because you would have witnessed many healthy fish randomly sampled. You were again invited that same year to visit a salmon farm near your home at Echo Bay, and again you refused to leave the comfort of your boat.

Trespassing: Given the fact you refuse to enter a farm site when invited, we were shocked to see you purposely ignore employees at a salmon farm who demanded you not to trespass on their workplace. In the fall of 2017, you trespassed at a private workplace several times and at great risk to yourself. Fortunately, the caring staff provided you warm and safe clothing, and checked on you several times that night to make sure you were coherent. When a court date for an injunction hearing was secured the very next day, you quickly left the worksite before the court notice could be served to you.

You do not have a professional designation: Facing several challenges of ethics breach from members of the Association of Professional Biology, you chose to relinquish your RPBio membership instead of defended yourself against the allegations.

You overstate your credentials: On CBC radio, you proudly stated that “if you cook you are a chef, and if you do science you are a scientist.” We disagree: if one administers a Band-Aid to a child, they are not a doctor. You are not a doctor. In 2010, Simon Fraser University did gift you a “honoris causa” but specifically requested you do NOT refer to yourself publicly as a doctor. You didn’t honour their rules, and continued to advertise yourself as a doctor, and even requested that a court judge refer to you as “Dr. Morton”.

You overstate your value as a “published author”: When a person dare critique your value to science, you first claim libel, and then you are quick to provide them a link to your published papers. Your role in many of your published papers has been data collection in the field, while your coauthors typically test the samples you provide them, or create mathematical models based on your data. Given alleged concerns over your ethics from registered professional biologists, it begs to question the integrity of data collection.

You purposely misrepresent history to tell your story: Just recently, you posted to Facebook that “big Norwegian companies” applied for Glacier Falls farm tenure in the late 1980s. You know that is false. In fact, it was your friend and retired fisherman, William Proctor, who applied for this farm tenure, along with several other tenures that were eventually purchased by Marine Harvest and other companies.

You “misinterpret” laboratory results: In 2011, you commissioned a laboratory to test wild salmon for a virus (ISA) not present in British Columbia. The lab confirmed, after testing twice, that the samples were negative (that is, no ISA). In fact, the lab report, which you chose to not to disclose at the time, explicitly stated that the testing results “did not imply that the subject fish had ISA or that ISA was present in the water where the samples were collected”. Despite this, you told media that you confirmed ISA in Pacific salmon, which unfortunately triggered British Columbia researchers and neighbours in Washington and Alaska to waste their time and taxpayer’s money running the same tests, only to confirm your “misinterpretation” of your lab report.

Ms. Morton, it is very disappointing that your behaviour has, time and time again, lacked the integrity one would expect of a “scientist”. This behaviour does not encourage healthy discourse. Salmon aquaculture is an important business to many coastal communities. It’s also important to thousands of families, and they deserve a better conversation about the business that supports their families and their communities.

We get it – you don’t like salmon farming. You never will. That message is clear. But it seems your ego has now disabled your ability to separate what is an honest and reasonable discussion, from what are dishonest and illegal behaviours that only serve to isolate you further from the world of science.

And for these very clear reasons, we suggest you are not worthy of this recent attention you crave.

Positive Aquaculture Awareness”

Title: Re: Morton Calls For DFO Heads to Roll
Post by: wildmanyeah on April 19, 2021, 01:11:51 PM
how dare you call out the self proclaimed jane goodall, Cheif to the  Gwayum'dzi peoples and legendary salmon defender!
Title: Re: Morton Calls For DFO Heads to Roll
Post by: IronNoggin on April 19, 2021, 01:19:38 PM
I understand the need for some to "shoot the messenger".
However in this particular case, the message itself is VERY Real.
Ignoring that is rather foolish IMHO.
Something Mr. Thompson would likely agree to at this point...

My public reply to Alex:

Well said Alex, well said indeed. I have worked with and alongside DFO for decades. From that it was not at all difficult to ascertain upper "management" bureaucrats, unaccountable to anyone but themselves, largely call the shots within the Ministry. And IMO, those shots have but rarely been in favor of their mandate, but much more so favoring the bureaucrats' continued job security. Many in those upper tiers are incompetent, and many carry levels of corruption that would get them dismissed instantly in the private world. Withholding information from their Minister is not a tactic reserved for salmon farms exclusively, for we have witnessed multiple serious infractions of the same regarding overall fisheries management on our (BC) Coast. It is well past time that most of the senior bureaucrats in Vancouver & Ottawa are reigned in, and forced to either conduct themselves in a manner aligning explicitly with their mandate, or get the hell out of the way and let someone who will fill their positions.

Title: Re: Morton Calls For DFO Heads to Roll
Post by: Dave on April 19, 2021, 01:22:12 PM
Matt, any scuttlebutt you can share as to why Thompson has been transferred?
Title: Re: Morton Calls For DFO Heads to Roll
Post by: IronNoggin on April 19, 2021, 01:26:45 PM
Matt, any scuttlebutt you can share as to why Thompson has been transferred?

Nope. Not going there until after the official announcement.

Title: Re: Morton Calls For DFO Heads to Roll
Post by: RalphH on April 20, 2021, 09:03:28 AM
Why you don’t deserve the attention you crave [emphasis mine]

Dear Alexandra Morton,


Right and why do you and the salmon farming industry continue to heap the attention on her? How stupid. The whole industry is  made up of PR dolts! Never heard that there is no such thing as bad press especially for an attention hog? What a joke.
Title: Re: Morton Calls For DFO Heads to Roll
Post by: Fisherbob on April 20, 2021, 12:44:35 PM
“Why do salmon farming critics hate science so much?
When faced with information that might make them change their minds, the loudest salmon farming critics stick their fingers in their ears, scrunch their eyes shut and shout at the top of their lungs.”