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Not on My Watch: How a renegade whale biologist took on governments and industry to save wild salmon Hardcover – March 23 2021

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“[O]ne of the most important reads to come out of B.C., if not the country, this year. . . . It’s a story that’s heartbreaking, infuriating, shocking, suspenseful, and inspiring. And it’s a tale that continues to unfold.” —Stir

“[Not on My Watch] doesn’t read as an angry polemic. Rather, it’s an outline of a life spent standing up for something.” —Dana Gee, Vancouver Sun

“Alex Morton’s Not on My Watch, like Silent Spring, should touch off a national debate about rights and obligations, and while we’re at it, about decolonization. If Not on My Watch needs to be peer reviewed, those peers should include ordinary people with a thirst for justice and common sense. And every politician should be judged by their reaction to this book.” —The Tyee

“This is an important book filled with cautionary tales for anyone who cares about the environment. It is also a moving and well written human story. Highly recommended.” —Tom Sandborn, Vancouver Sun

"A devastating literary exposé of one of the greatest scandals of recent Canadian history. What begins as a wholly human memoir of a reluctant activist takes on the urgency of a murder thriller—one in which the victims are wild salmon, coastal communities, science and democracy." —J.B. MacKinnon, author of The Once and Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be
 
“How does a scientist and mother fight both foreign-owned fish farm cartels and lying governments? Alexandra Morton provides a thrilling recipe: a wallop of persistence, three decades of science, cups of stubbornness and the salt of undaunted courage. If the Pacific Northwest Coast's wild salmon can survive our industrial assault on their very existence, credit must go to the indomitable courage of Alex Morton and a brave renaissance in First Nations governance.” —Andrew Nikiforuk, author of Empire of Beetle and Slickwater
 
"Not on My Watch is an urgent, essential read for anyone who cares about the rapidly dwindling wild salmon population of British Columbia.  Meticulous, penetrating and passionate, Morton’s thorough exploration of the history and effect of placing an industrial zone in prime wild salmon habitat is chilling and infuriating." —Eden Robinson, author of the Trickster Trilogy

“If ever there was a Mother Teresa for the voiceless inhabitants of the rivers of Pacific Canada, for the salmon and orca whales and small-scale fishers and others, that unstoppable voice has been Alexandra Morton’s. Grounded in science, rooted in a just cause, driven to find answers that come only with painstaking work—and most importantly, right all along—Alexandra Morton endured decades of harassment, lies and threats by people who profit from destroying ages-old sources of life. Her resolute strength through it all will inspire new defenders of wild things and wild places for generations to come. Fundamentally, this is Alexandra Morton’s compelling, sometimes maddening story of unstoppable love.” —Carl Safina, author of Becoming Wild: How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace, and of Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel

About the Author

ALEXANDRA MORTON is a field biologist who became an activist who has done groundbreaking research on the damaging impact of ocean-based salmon farming on the coast of British Columbia. She first studied communications in bottlenosed dolphins and then moved on to recording and analyzing the sounds of captive orcas at Marineland of the Pacific in California, where she witnessed the birth, and death, of the first orca conceived in captivity. In 1984, she moved to the remote BC coast, aiming to study the language and culture of wild orca clans, but soon found herself at the heart of a long fight to protect the wild salmon that are the province's keystone species. She has co-authored more than twenty scientific papers on the impact of salmon farming on migratory salmon, founded the Salmon Coast Research Station, has been featured on 60 Minutes, and has been key to many legal and protest actions against the industry, including the recent First Nations-led occupation of salmon farms on the Broughton.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Random House Canada (March 23 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0735279667
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0735279667
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 590 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.98 x 3.07 x 23.55 cm
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By Porkupine on April 22, 2021
Well-written book about an important issue here in the Pacific Northwest. Foreign firms are decimating a wild resource with oppressed, overcrowded, and sick frankenfish from Norway. Stop doing that Norway scum!! I'd say go home but your own country has thrown you out already.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The history of the author's ongoing campaign to rescue BC waters from diseased farmed salmon
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 28, 2021
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Jane Grif
5.0 out of 5 stars My Husband Liked It
Reviewed in the United States on August 6, 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You!
Reviewed in the United States on September 30, 2021
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FREDERIK W MOWINCKEL
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'must read' for anyone interested in the wild salmon.
Reviewed in the United States on April 25, 2021
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