Salmon Confidential is a controversial film contending that the Canadian government has deliberately covered up what is killing British Columbia’s wild salmon. The story starts when biologist Alexandra Morton discovers that BC’s wild salmon are testing positive for dangerous European salmon viruses associated with salmon farming worldwide. In response to the publicity surrounding these findings, the government takes various steps to suppress the truth. Tracking viruses, Morton moves from courtrooms into BC’s most remote rivers, Vancouver grocery stores, and even sushi restaurants. Salmon Confidential documents Morton’s journey as she attempts to overcome the government and industry roadblocks that are thrown in her path as she works to bring critical information to the public in time to save the wild salmon. The film provides surprising insight into the inner workings of government agencies, as well as rare footage of the bureaucrats tasked with managing our fish and the safety of our food supply.
In British Columbia, wild pacific salmon are an essential species for the ecosystem. They fill hundreds of streams and rivers, feeding hundreds of species, including humans. Since the early 1990s, salmon numbers have rapidly dwindled. Alexandra Morton, a Canadian-American marine biologist best known for her 30-year study of wild killer whales in the Broughton Archipelago in British Columbia, became interested in what was causing this decline, and began examining the impact of salmon farming on Canadian wild salmon. Filmed by independent documentary filmmaker Twyla Roscovich, Salmon Confidential makes the case that the introduction of farmed salmon pens is at the root of the decline, and that the Canadian government has acted recklessly and irresponsibly to cover up the facts.
Running time: 1 hour 9 minutes.