Everybody Loves Wild Salmon

by: EJ on 04/15/2010
Posted in: Events

Don't they?

Alexandra Morton asks this question after more than a decade of education and over 10,000 pages of letters to all levels of government have failed to elicit any meaningful response to the threat posed to wild salmon by salmon farms throughout BC.

In an attempt to raise awareness, Alexandra Morton is embarking on The Get Out Migration. She will be walking the length of Vancouver Island from Sointula to Victoria. The migration will leave the rivers on Earth Day (22nd April) and end with a Mother's Day blessing on 9th May. The main migration route leaves Sointula via Port McNeill on 23rd April with public events scheduled in Tofino (25th April), Quadra Island (27th April), Campbell River (28th April), Comox (29th April, Fanny Bay (30th April), Big Qualicum River (1st May), Qualicum Beach (2nd May), Nanaimo and Gabriola Island (4th May), Ladysmith (5th May), Duncan (6th May), Sidney (7th May) and Victoria (8th May).

The Get Out Migration has been inundated with support from across the world. Mini-migrations and wild salmon blessings are now being planned in the Fraser and Adams Rivers, the Bedwell and Ursus Rivers in Clayoquot Sound, in Washington as part of the Salish Sea Blessing Ceremony and in rivers in Ireland, Scotland and Norway. A ‘Paddle for Wild Salmon' is meandering down the Fraser River from 28th April and a ‘Walk for Wild Salmon' is leaving Tofino on 25th April.

"I am humbled by the response from people around the world," said Alexandra Morton. People know wild salmon are a life-support system for First Nations, our forests, bears, eagles, orcas, communities and our local economies. As we stand up for our fish, juvenile wild salmon are running the gauntlet past salmon farms once again and be will burdened with disease and sea lice. Norwegian salmon farms have become the gatekeepers. Government said salmon farms are good for us, but look again. The way this industry has been run is a huge mistake and while government did not protect wild salmon people, they should offer a safety net for salmon farm families by moving salmon farming onto land, allowing a Canadian industry to develop and allow wild salmon to be restored. The tragedy of the commons is very common, but we do not have to be this tragedy".

For more details on ‘The Get Out Migration' please visit: www.salmonaresacred.org

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