By Ingmar Lee
(early July, 2016)
Just now I was interviewed by Chris Walker (of CBC Almanac) regarding our recent rescue of an entangled Humpback whale in Lama Passage near Bella Bella BC. I am thankful that Almanac was interested in our story, however, I am feeling very frustrated to have been very clearly and deliberately prevented from discussing a serious aspect of the story.
Chris Walker cut me off, stating that he “had to get to the callers,” which is a regretable new Almanac euphemism (since the days of Mark Forsythe – which whom I was able to speak freely with on numerous occasions on Almanac) for allowing several comments from ” the callers,” but with the actual intention of then allowing the currently “acceptable” (to Almanac”) propagandists to expound at length on the issue at hand.
The issue I wished to mention, is that DFO, and its favourite propaganda organization, the Vancouver Aquarium jealously guard their BC-wide monopoly on whale disentanglement services. Unlike virtually everywhere else in the world where locally trained and equipped citizen groups take on the responsibility of rescueing whales, in BC there is only one single ” certified” DFO- employed whale disentanglement “expert,” Paul Cottrell. Currently, even professional DFO agents out on the water are not qualified to do actual whale rescue, but instead, may only deploy one of a very few tracking transmitters into the net trails of entangled whales, after which Mr Cottrell may then fly in several days later from his Vancouver office to attempt the disentanglement. Continue reading