Press Release from SalmonAreSacred.org
Tuesday 23rd March 2010
GET OUT FOR WILD SALMON!
One Month Countdown Until 'The Get Out Migration' Emerges From The Rivers
Salmon Are Sacred is calling on everyone who loves wild salmon to participate in 'The Get Out Migration' which starts on Earth Day (22nd April) and ends with a Mother's Day blessing (9th May). In British Columbia, Alexandra Morton will start the migration in the Meetup River in the heart of the Broughton Archipelago with Quoashinis Lawson leaving the Bedwell River in Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve before joining up en route to Victoria. Other migrations are planned from Gold River, the Cowichan Valley, the Gulf Islands, the Fraser River Valley, Adams River and Washington State.
Public events are planned in Sointula (22nd April), Port McNeill (23rd April), Nimpkish River (23rd April), Tofino (24th April), Quadra Island (27th April), Campbell River (28th April), Comox (29th April), Big Qualicum River/Parksville (1st May), Nanaimo (4rth May), Gabriola Island (4rth May), Duncan (6th May), Sidney (7th May) and Victoria (8th May). Support is flooding in from around the world with people in Norway, Scotland, Ireland, United States and Canada pledging to stand up for wild salmon with migrations of their own and offers of solidarity.
Alexandra Morton, who was last week awarded an honorary degree by Simon Fraser University, said:
"The science is done, we know enough to act, but government continues shielding this industry from the laws of Canada. I think it is essential that everyone who understands the importance of wild salmon to our communities and ecology stand up so government can see you. As our wild salmon head out to sea, we will migrate in the opposite direction to the B.C. Parliament Buildings to demand safe passage by the removal of open net cage salmon farms to create. Save wild salmon, remove the farms."
"Wild salmon are the backbone of the B.C. coast and we challenge those businesses and communities who depend upon healthy wild salmon returns to swell the ranks of the migration," said Anissa Reed of Ocean Aura Design. "Please show your support for wild salmon by getting out on the streets and out onto the water. You need wild salmon and wild salmon need you. Will you heed the call of the wild salmon and stand up to be counted?"
"The calls from the coast are reaching a crescendo as more and more people stand up for wild salmon," said Don Staniford, Global Coordinator for the Pure Salmon Campaign. "Open net cages have spread like malignant cancer on coastlines around the world and must be ripped out as a matter of urgency. Even John Fredriksen (the owner of Marine Harvest – the largest salmon farm company in the world) has called for salmon farms to be moved out of the path of migrating wild salmon. The time is now to show your support and get out for wild salmon."
For more information please visit: www.salmonaresacred.org.