Meet the biologist who is salmon farming's worst enemy

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Originally published May 26, 2012 at 8:03 PM | Page modified May 27, 2012 at 10:49 AM 

A B.C.-based biologist stunned U.S. scientists last year with trace findings of a virus usually linked to farmed fish in wild salmon.  By Craig Welch

Seattle Times environment reporter

Biologist Alexandra Morton, a critic of salmon farms, turns away from a worker who has come out to confront her for pulling up near his remote salmon farm in the Broughton Archipelago, 300 miles north of the U.S. border.

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STEVE RINGMAN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Biologist Alexandra Morton, a critic of salmon farms, turns away from a worker who has come out to confront her for pulling up near his remote salmon farm in the Broughton Archipelago, 300 miles north of the U.S. border.

 

Salmon farms in and around the Broughton Archipelago

 

BROUGHTON ARCHIPELAGO, B.C. — She's perched in her boat near a fish farm, talking about diseases, the kind that might escape and kill wild salmon. Then she spies a worker peeling toward her in a boat.

Alexandra Morton, bane of North America's salmon farms, runs a hand over tired eyes and awaits a confrontation.

It's no surprise this eco-provocateur is again in someone's sights.

The biologist has spent countless days just like this — zipping through a pristine jumble of uninhabited bays and islands to check on Canada's remote fish farms. Few activists try harder to convince the globe that salmon farming threatens the marine world. Few are taken as seriously — much to the chagrin of her many enemies.

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