Hitting the Streets to Save Wild Salmon
World-renowned B.C. research biologist and activist Alexandra Morton is taking the fight to save wild salmon to the streets, literally. She is bringing together concerned citizens, first nations, business owners, fisherman and others from all over the region – Americans and Canadians - to join her during her walk down the length of Vancouver Island.
Alex and her supporters “stand against the biological threat and commerce of industrial net-pen feedlots using our global oceans. The science is clear these operations risk wild fish populations by intensifying disease, they deplete world fishery resources to make the feed. They privatize ocean spaces and threaten our sovereign rights to food security.”
The walk, called The Get Out Migration started on Earth Day and will wrap up on Mothers Day weekend in Victoria. When she finishes she will have walked and paddled over 310 miles to help protect wild salmon from industrial fish farms.
Alex is a colleague and a friend who over the years has gained great respect in the scientific community, publishing in the most prestigious scientific journals regarding her work on the devastating effects that Atlantic salmon net pens have on wild salmon. In addition to Alex’s groundbreaking scientific work is her ability to engage the public to bring about change. Wild Fish Conservancy supports this important work because it gets to the heart and foundation of who we are; do good science, educate, and then advocate based on your scientific findings. The voice of scientists need be heard above the voices of lobbyists.
WFC will join Alex and the citizens of BC in Victoria to show our support for this effort and I urge you to join with us in supporting this cause. Sign the petition and donate at SalmonAreSacred.org and better yet, join us in B.C. to be a part of this diverse gathering of like-minded individuals. WFC will be at the rally in Victoria on May 8th. Check the itinerary for times and places. Together we can save wild salmon.