What the hell is turning pink salmon yellow in the Fraser River?
Alexandra Morton wants to know why pink salmon in B.C. are turning yellow.
Earlier this week, the biologist and environmentalist found four of these salmon up the Fraser River.
Morton has posted an open letter on her blog addressed to Laura Richards, Pacific regional director of science for Fisheries and Oceans Canada, demanding answers. She asserts the federal department must be aware of the case of the yellow salmon.
The biologist states:
We want the diagnosis on the yellow salmon. We want to know if we a getting a side order of brain tumour in the salmon we are eating. Please give us a timeline on receiving this information and when we can expect updates from you.
In her letter, Morton notes a provincial scientist has diagnosed a form of jaundice in farmed salmon that is similar to a virus found in coho salmon in Chile. Some B.C. fish farmers have operations in the South American country, she points out.
That's not all. Morton begins her letter with the following:
I am writing to ask for your progress report on the thousands of silver-bright sockeye and now Coho that are floating dead down the Fraser River tributaries feeding into the Harrison River. People on the river say this has been ongoing since early August reaching upstream of Harrison Lake and estimate 100,000 sockeye have died in this area without spawning.
"There is something very wrong here", Morton tells Richards.