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A Stain Upon the Sea Featured on ABC's Hit Show Boston Legal

Posted: October 6, 2005

An award-winning and controversial book, A Stain Upon the Sea: West Coast Salmon Farming, will be discovered by a whole new audience on Tuesday, October 11 when it’s featured on ABC’s hit show Boston Legal.
The Boston Legal episode, titled “Finding Nimmo” was filmed at Nimmo Bay Resort in British Columbia in April 2005. The episode features lawyers Alan Shore and Denny Crane, played by James Spader and William Shatner, vacationing at the resort for some fly fishing and “male bonding.” At the resort Shore and Crane discover that the salmon population is being threatened by sea lice produced by fish farms and they feel compelled to act.
A Stain Upon the Sea­-published last fall by Harbour Publishing-­is an indispensable critique of fish farming practices used in British Columbia and abroad, featuring an all-star cast of contributors. Journalist Stephen Hume examines the industry through the eyes of the Nuxalk and Heiltsuk Nations and incorporates case studies from Ireland and Alaska. Historians Betty Keller and Rosella M. Leslie explain the development of the industry in BC, from small family operations to large chain farms owned by a handful of multinational conglomerates. Biologist Alexandra Morton analyzes the biology of sea lice in the pink salmon runs in the Broughton Archipelago. Former federal employee Otto Langer gives an in-depth account of the bureaucratic nightmare that exempted the industry from environmental review. And scientist Don Staniford analyzes the chemical stew that farmed fish are raised in and the health risk this poses to humans.
A Stain Upon the Sea won the
2005 Roderick Haig-Brown Award for best book published about British Columbia, and was shortlisted for George Ryga Award for Social Awareness this past June.
Boston Legal’s “Finding Nimmo” will air at 10 pm on October 11.