Response wasn’t complete
By Ian Roberts, Courier-Islander May 17, 2013
It is unfortunate that Alexandra Morton’s response to my serious concerns about errors and omissions in her documentary film about salmon farming only questions my ethics and principles (“Tools of the trade”, May 8). I would have hoped that a response would have answered my specific concerns.
Again, my concerns about Morton’s documentary are; it seriously doctors the court testimony of a key witness at the Cohen Inquiry; it purposely hides the final fish health lab report that confirms a fish disease to be negative (that is, no disease); it omits to tell the whole story about how Harrison sockeye migrate from the Fraser River. Many other errors are discussed at www.salmonconfidential.com. These errors are very, very significant and an unsuspecting audience should know they are watching a documentary that is not just biased, but fictional.
Yes, Ms. Morton, I do work for salmon farming company Marine Harvest – as my letter clearly stated. I am a College graduate of aquaculture and I have been farming salmon in British Columbia for over 20 years – much of that time helping First Nation partners build their capacity for salmon aquaculture. My depth of knowledge about salmon aquaculture enables me to speak on the topic, which includes recognizing your errors and correcting them. Unfortunately, these corrections and clarifications have become a full-time job lately.
I am very comfortable with my moral principles. These principles apply to how I live my life and the way I communicate my career – and would extend to documentary film making, should I ever produce one.
Ian Roberts Marine Harvest Canada