Special Online Event
“Salmon Talk/People Listen”
A special online evening with Alexandra Morton
Hosted by Adam Olsen, MLA
Tuesday March 23, 2021
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Event hosted by the Saanich North and the Islands BC Green Party Riding Association (SAN-RA).
The Voices of Saanich speaker series returns online with guest Alexandra Morton in conversation with Adam Olsen, MLA.
Salmon Talk/People Listen will feature stories from her work as a biologist on the British Columbia coast studying wild Pacific salmon.
Alexandra Morton is a biologist who has been publishing on the impact of salmon farms for 20 years. She was award an honorary Doctorate of Science for her sea lice research from Simon Fraser University and featured on 60 Minutes. Morton picked up the activist tool in 2010 when she walked the length of Vancouver Island to raise awareness of the impact of salmon farms and joining First Nations in occupying salmon farms in 2017/18. Alexandra, author of five books, has another coming out on the story behind salmon farming in BC. She currently works for several First Nations on bringing wild salmon back.
Breakthroughs in science have begun to allow salmon to “talk” and tell us how we are affecting them. If we pick up this tool we can hear directly from the fish about how and where we are affecting them as they migrate. Called genomic profiling, this work is under development in DFO, but has been shrouded in controversy because it reveals uncomfortable warnings about the salmon farming industry. In this talk Morton presents a vision of what is possible if we listened to salmon and how this would not only benefit this generous fish, but also our own future.