Not a threat

24 Aug

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.”


Posted by on August 24, 2012 in Opinion


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2 responses to “Not a threat

  1. Ken Jakob

    August 30, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Love it! Thanks for that Ms. Sharkey! Apparently Ms. Morton’s team of lawyers didn’t proofread her ridiculous letter to the editor before she his ‘send’. Damn facts always seem to get in the way of her stories.

  2. Steve

    September 9, 2012 at 10:13 am

    I think the mainstream media is growing a little tired of Ms Morton always crying wolf. If it wasn’t for her blog, the Salmon Are Scared (aka Stupid and Silly) site and YouTube she wouldn’t be receiving the attention she is getting now. Facts are not really important for Ms Morton. She is playing to people’s fears and ignorance on the issue.

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