Tom Sherman

  1. I decided to dive down and take a look for myself. This is the bottom under an open pen salmon fish farm. There are mounds of fish manure and uneaten fish food and the whole mess is covered with Beggiatoa bacteria. The white patches are Beggiatoa mats, a voracious bacteria that oxidizes sulfur in anoxic conditions. There is no oxygen under these white mats and the Beggiatoa is actually harvesting hydrogen sulfide for energy. Hydrogen sulfide gas smells like rotten eggs. The Beggiatoa loves it down here. They are storing sulfur granules in their cells and thriving in water bubbling with hydrogen sulfide, menthane and nitrogen. It is like another planet.
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    This viral and bacterial work builds on my work with Bernhard Loibner and Nerve Theory a few years back. We made many pieces based on research and thinking about the bird flu (H5N1). Here is a database of this previous viral work: kunstradio.at/2006A/H5N1en.html

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  2. Although there are restrictions on releasing government-sponsored research on viral infections in wild and farmed fish populations in Canada, many scientists feel a professional obligation to share this research…

    The public should know that the virus ‘IHN’ is present in trout and salmon populations in both the Atlantic and Pacific waters of Canada. IHN (Infectious Hematopoietic Necrosis) is a viral disease of rainbow trout and other salmonoids. IHN is related to VSV (Vesicular Stomatitus Indiana Virus) and VHS (Viral Haemorrhagic Septicaemia). VSV and VHS are also viral diseases that plague trout and salmon. IHN and VSV and VHS are all in the viral genus Lyssa (Rhabdoviridae), the family of viruses commonly known as rabies.

    IHN is more closely related to the Lyssavirus than VSV and VHS.

    IHN is a rabies virus that attacks fish.

    This viral work builds on my work with Bernhard Loibner and Nerve Theory a few years back. We made many pieces based on research and thinking about the bird flu (H5N1). Here is a database of this previous viral work: kunstradio.at/2006A/H5N1en.html

    Tom Sherman 2012

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  3. Enough was enough on July 23, 1993, when the Russian trawler Pioner Murmana was given permission by DFO to unload 12,000 tons of cod at the Shelburne wharf, following Canada's 1992 moratorium on cod! DFO gave our fish away to corporate interests, foreign and domestic, and was still robbing our inshore fishermen and coastal communities of fish. And in 1993 we were morally bound to intervene.

    The Southwest Nova Fixed Gear Association had had more than enough. The first 4 boats to arrive came from Jordan Bay. Those 4 boats quickly grew to 104 boats!

    Fishing boats from Shelburne, Yarmouth and Queens blockaded the trawler from the water so that it could not leave. Then trucks arrived en masse and formed a blockade on the wharf so that the trawler could not unload the fish. 400 people, then 500 hundred people. Then the media.

    This is what effective, peaceful protest really looks like: SOLIDARITY. And solidarity in the face of fear mongering. The widespread threats of RCMP arrests were false rumours spread by fear mongerers with small minds. But the fishermen of the Southwest Nova Scotia do not have small minds have never been easy victims of fear mongering.

    When the fear mongering didn't work, the DFO tried to ignore them. Ha! Fishermen tied Christmas trees to their masts with signs that read, "we will be here 'till Christmas if that's what it takes."

    Meanwhile 12,000 tons of fish remained on the trawler, 2 days went by, then 4. finally the minister sent a representative to Bridgewater. Gary Dedrick negotiated on behalf of fishermen. He did not cave and he did not trade.

    "Get the foreign ships out of our water!" He also said, "DFO tries to baffle us with paperwork and numbers." Sounds familiar!

    By then all Canada understood that DFO had squandered the fish in Canadian waters, had subsidized corporate greed, and cow towed to foreign fleets and destroyed the most abundant fish stock in the history of the world, the cod stocks on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland.

    And Canadians were now learning that our own government had deprived our own fishermen of fish! They stood solidly behind the fishermen of Southwest Nova Scotia.

    On the 8th day, the 12,000 tons of fish must have been getting pretty ripe. DFO agreed to remove all foreign ships from the waters of southwestern Nova Scotia for the rest of the season. And there are none there now.

    Though this made a dent in foreign over fishing, it did not make a dent in the arrogance of our government toward inshore fishermen. They still ignore knowledge of fishermen and are indifferent to their reasonable requests. And as they once subsidized the giant trawlers to destroy Grand Banks cod stocks over the objections of inshore fishermen, our government is now subsidizing fish farms that are smothering our bays and destroying our inshore fishery, again over the objections of our inshore fishermen.

    Society paid dearly for DFO and government ignorance of our ground fish stocks. Will we pay again because of their willing blindness to the effects of fish farming?

    Video recorded by Tom Sherman and Jan Pottie in 1993.

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  4. ISA stands for Infectious Salmon Anemia, a virus that’s common in farmed Atlantic salmon. ISA is the ‘fish flu.’ It’s an influenza like the ‘swine flu’ (H1N1) or the ‘bird flu’ (H5N1). I’m not eating any fish that have the fish flu. You can’t trust fish that have been farmed in the oceans. It’s not just farmed salmon. Rainbow trout are also full of ISA. Rainbow trout raised in seawater are steelhead salmon. Rainbows and steelheads are the same species. Some call them salmon trout. Whatever you call them, they are full of ISA. The fish flu doesn’t kill steelhead trout, but they are carriers and living reservoirs for the virus. I’m not eating any fish that have the fish flu.

    This viral work builds on my work with Bernhard Loibner and Nerve Theory a few years back. We made many pieces based on research and thinking about the bird flu (H5N1). Here is a database of this previous viral work: kunstradio.at/2006A/H5N1en.html

    Tom Sherman 2012

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  5. A seagull and parrot are pictured listening to a recording of Just a Closer Walk with Thee, performed by the Privateer Brass of Liverpool, Nova Scotia. Listening conditions are often different for wild and domesticated animals.

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Tom Sherman

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Tom Sherman is an artist and writer who authors all manner of texts. He works in video, audio, radio and internet forms. He is a professor in Syracuse University's Department of Transmedia. He splits his time between Syracuse, New York and Port Mouton


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Tom Sherman is an artist and writer who authors all manner of texts. He works in video, audio, radio and internet forms. He is a professor in Syracuse University's Department of Transmedia. He splits his time between Syracuse, New York and Port Mouton Bay, on the South Shore of Nova Scotia.

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