Gary Marty is one of Alexandra Morton’s favorite punching bags. Marty recently wrote a letter to the Nanaimo Daily News responding to Morton’s inaccurate statements regarding viruses in salmon. Marty does an excellent job explaining the errors in Morton’s story as well as in her logic and science.
Marty makes two very important points that the press would do well to remember:
1. False positive test results are not a threat to either wild or farmed salmon.
2. Tests that do not work properly are not a threat to wild or farmed salmon.
Science is not a one-shot deal. Results need to be studied and tests need to be run multiple times. That is the core of the scientific method. Morton’s credibility as a scientist is continually lessened every time she publishes an incorrect finding. Sadly the press finds that she is an easy sound bite and they continue to give her space.
I will let Marty have the last word:
“Alexandra Morton is a great story teller, but much of what she says is just that: a story.”