A view of a salmon fish farm in Canada's Pacific coast province of British Columbia.
Photo Credit: BC Salmon Farmers Association

Association voices concerns about ‘Salmon Confidential’ film documentary


Following the posting of an interview by RCI’s Wojtek Gwiazda with documentary filmmaker Twyla Roscovich about her film “Salmon Confidential” on the RCI website Tuesday (July 23), the executive director of the BC Salmon Farmers Association wrote a letter to the management of Radio Canada International expressing concerns about the interview and the documentary.

Mary Ellen Walling, Executive Director of the BC Salmon Farmers Association (Photo credit: BC SFA)

Mary Ellen Walling, Executive Director of the BC Salmon Farmers Association (Photo credit: BC SFA)

The documentary focusses, in part, on the impact of salmon fish farms on the wild salmon of Canada’s Pacific coast province of British Columbia (BC).

The Association represents salmon fish farmers and the supply and service industry that supports salmon farming, including fish processing.

To find out what concerns the Association had, RCI’s Wojtek Gwiazda spoke to Mary Ellen Walling, the Executive Director of the BC Salmon Farmers Association.


More information:
BC Salmon Farmers Association website – www.salmonfarmers.org
Wojtek Gwiazda’s interview with Twyla Roscovich about “Salmon Confidential” – here


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19 comments on “Association voices concerns about ‘Salmon Confidential’ film documentary
  1. John MacFarlane says:

    Ocean location of fish farms should be outlawed. ONLY self contained land based farms should be allowed. Got on with it!

  2. Catch salmon says:

    We might as well get rid of farmed salmon and go back to raping the salmon for wild fish as that will probably solve the depletion of wild stocks your all a bunch of morons

  3. Angelika Koch says:

    Every time someone says something about fish farms and the latest damages caused by them Ms Walling spins on about how great they are, and how many people the farms employ, spin etc spin…. and of course always blaming BC’s wild salmon for somehow contracting European strain viruses…what a joke….unless of course fish can suddenly jump continents or swim the northwest passage…and Ms Walling always gets in her blah blah blah sounding oh so pure and syrupy sweet….I’m tired of it and so are many others…how about a real debate, it’s long overdue and boy oh boy would it get some attention.

  4. Brian Daniel says:

    I would like to see an open debate on this subject with Mary Ellen Wallin and Alexandra Morton.

  5. Will Hartman says:

    I want to see this debate happen. I’m tired of spin from the farmed salmon industry. If Ms Walling has concerns or has a case to make then this is her opportunity. This is an important issue. Let’s hear all the facts from both sides of this debate so we can make up our own minds and the move forward.

  6. Tim Daniel says:

    I would like to hear a debate between Alexandra Morton and Mary Ellen Walling.

  7. Dr. Bethune says:

    Writing from a train, would be interested in discussing HUMAN health effects.

  8. Dr. Bethune says:

    It would be great to see a formal public debate, or townhall style gathering where the issue could be discussed openly and honestly regarding the contaminants and contagion found in farmed Salmon. I look forward to actual dialogue with Dr. Morton, and I would be happy to discuss the current hyman health risks from a single serving of farmed salmon due to toxins and disease.

  9. Michael Eckford says:

    RCI/CBC,you have a duty to allow a real scientist Alexandra Morton to publicly debate a pseudoscientist Mary Ellen Walling.

  10. Carolyn Wold says:

    I would love to see a debate on this subject between Alexandra Morton and Mary Ellen Walling.

  11. Ken Lund says:

    I would like to see an open debate on this subject with Mary Ellen Wallin and Alexandra Morton. This would give both sides an opportunity to express their views.

  12. Brett Ellis says:

    I’d like to see a debate between Alexandra Morton and Mary Ellen Walling aired as opposed to more back and forth PR campaigns. Just wanted to show my support for the truth which I felt was not represented by the BCSFA rebuttal. Many thanks, Brett Ellis

  13. b.cecill says:

    the science is clear-fish farms are a danger to wild salmon and to other sea life…it is time to get open net fish farms off migration routes and preferably out of the ocean. This must be done immediately if we are to avoid disaster.

  14. Jim Wilcox says:

    The proposed debate between Ms. Walling and Dr. Morton regarding the impacts of open pen salmon feedlots on human health, wild salmon, ecosystems, cultures, communities and economies is long overdue.

  15. Garth Woodworth says:

    This is an extremely weak and unsubstantial response to Twyla Roscovich’s information packed interview. Walling’s responses to all of the serious questions were circuitous evasions. Now Alexandra Morton has challenged Walling to a public debate. Since Walling admits she is not an expert, and claims Morton is not one either, she must admit it would be a fair contest. If Walling really thinks false information is coming from the people who treasure our wild salmon, let her take up Morton’s challenge. She won’t: she knows the reverse is true.

  16. Adele Hollingsworth says:

    So tell us why earlier this year Marine Harvest knowingly placed 500,000 atlantic salmon smolts into BC waters that were infected with PRV? A virus that can lead to a disease that turns the salmon’s heart to mush so they wouldn’t be able to swim upstream and spawn! it’s ridiculous that the farming industry would even think of taking a chance like that and risk our wild salmon!

    I am in favour of Mary Ellen Walling and Alexandra Morton having a debate on these issues between farmed and wild salmon.

  17. Alexandra Morton says:

    I would like to challenge Mary Ellen Walling of the BC Salmon Farmers Association to a public debate on the potential for European salmon viruses in farmed salmon to infect BC wild salmon. She states I am not an expert, she is not an expert so that makes it a level playing field. I challenged her 24 minutes ago on my facebook page and there are 39 “likes” already. Perhaps we could allow people to donate online during the debate – winner takes all.

  18. Laurie Watt says:

    Salmon feedlots kill wild salmon, Steller sea lions, seals, eagles, bears and many other species that depend upon wild salmon. Excrement from salmon feedlots kills virtually all life under the cages. Salmon feedlots kill components of indigenous cultures that are thousands of years old by smothering clam beds with excrement and by killing wild salmon.

    Our federal and provincial governments deny there is a problem, muzzle their own scientists tracing the source of salmon diseases, ignore the $26 million Cohen Commission’s recommendations, strip a world-renowned Canadian biological laboratory of its investigative credentials because it has superior testing facilities, and allow diseased feedlot salmon to be placed in open net-cages in the ocean, in sushi restaurants and on shelves in our supermarkets.

    Salmon are carnivores and require other wild species of fish to survive, thus causing depletion of other wild species – this is why the feedlot industry is experimenting with chicken and other animal/bird parts for feed – do you want to feed your family that kind of product? Did you know the orange colour of feedlot salmon results from chemicals in the feed?

    The salmon feedlot industry is unsustainable and should GET OUT of our oceans. Our wild salmon runs will recover to pre-feedlot size once this devastating industry is gone, taking their exotic, invasive species of Atlantic salmon with them!