Salmon Confidential – Film Review
by Diane Babcock
Watching Salmon Confidential was a stab to the heart of everything beautiful in nature.
The film maker’s enduring dedication and the relentless interference of government officials puts this film high on the list of extremes when it comes to concern for our precious resources.
It’s a film about a ‘keystone species’ in crisis, BC’s wild salmon, as one that supports an entire network of life in British Columbia.
It records the disappearance of our salmon and a high pre-spawn mortality rate so alarming it demanded urgent investigation. Even an eagle was captured looking back into the camera as if to ask, “Where’s my dinner?”
There is a European link, where the culprit was traced back to salmon eggs that were imported from Norway to become livestock for our numerous fish farms along BC’s coastal channels. All the juvenile salmon have to do en route to the open ocean is swim through these infected waters to be awash in virulent parasites.
There is federal cover-up that stretches all the way from fish farms, through Nanaimo’s biological station and on to many levels of government. All in order to hush up any hint of disease that would hinder international free trade, regardless of the cost to our salmon, our environment and our livelihood.
It shows there is more than one virus and the varying symptoms are like scenes from a horror show: blisters, mushy hearts, yellow mucous covered gills, bleeding through the flesh that causes death from the inside, et al.
It shows where consumers need to be aware of what the government is allowing into our grocery stores when it comes to fish night at the dinner table.
It boils down to again coming back to the people, not government, to deal with the issue to save our wild salmon and regain a legacy. In other words: we need to take care of them, because they take care of us.
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