During my visit to Tofino on Vancouver Island several weeks ago, I took a small boat to Hot Springs Cove and though it was a beautiful ride I was saddened to see so many salmon farms. These massive farms are all foreign owned, predominantly by Norwegian companies, and are notorious for their harmful effect on local Pacific salmon populations due the pollution, disease, sea lice, and the fact that they are always Atlantic salmon.
I came across these letters by Alexandra Morton to the Norwegian Parliamentary Delegation which recently visited Quadra Island. She has also written to the Canadian minister of fisheries regarding their cover-up of a virus which has harmed Pacific salmon stocks and which could be traced back to Europe.
Sometimes it’s hard to get really excited about this kind of thing. After all they are just fish. But it’s more important than we realize. The salmon are essential parts of the inter-dependent ecosystem and many native people’s on the coast here depend on them for their food.
I’m sick of corporate greed and the governments continued pandering to them for short-term profits at the expense of (predominantly) native people and our environments. I commend Alexandra Morton’s continued hard work and the all the folks at Salmon Are Sacred.