Monday, October 31, 2011

Dear Dr. Marty, Part I

Below is the text of an email I sent yesterday to Dr. Gary Marty, a fish pathologist for the BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands.

Dear Dr. Marty,
Prior to 2008, when those who did not work for the Federal Reserve Board—advocacy groups & concerned citizens— questioned high-level policymakers about the wisdom and dangers of collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) and other dodgy financial instruments, they were often brushed aside with condescension: something along the lines of, "These matters are too complicated for you to understand."

We know where that led.

Similarly, recourse to the exacting procedures of scientific method, as pointed out by Davidson, Freudenberg and Gramling (see attached paper)* cannot be used as a tactic to delay precautionary action.

With your background you could lead the call for precautionary measures, which are clearly warranted with salmon farms, and could help prevent further catastrophes for wild salmon. You have a duty to the public as well as to those who pay your bills. I hope that you will act as a leader on this matter and recommend appropriate precautions, which must include immediate, intrusive, non-voluntary testing of random samples from all farms on BC's coast by a recognized third-party lab such as that of Dr. Kibenge, and prompt closure of any farms evidencing known salmon pathogens such as ISA.

I second Mr. Doumenc's questions below, and look forward to your response.

Tyee Bridge

*Click here for the SCAMs paper.

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