Pursuit of Greed

As Alexandra Morton reports at Common Ground, the Virology Journal in July published a scientific paper on the highly contagious European salmon virus now present in British Columbia. Closely matching the same virus in diseased Atlantic farmed salmon in Norway, the conclusion is that the Norwegian salmon aquaculture company Marine Harvest — which operates salmon farms in British Columbia — is responsible for introducing the deadly virus into wild Pacific salmon populations. Once home to robust wild salmon runs, the Fraser River abundance has plummeted. Given the virus severely damages salmon hearts, rendering them unable to swim up rivers to spawn, the once famous Fraser sockeye salmon migration route might soon be another natural resource wasted in the pursuit of greed.


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