Prawn Fest Gala…Saturday, May 18th

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Sample delicious Cowichan Valley wines from Blue Grouse, Unsworth Vineyards and Silverside Winery, paired with cheeses, seasonal BC Spot Prawns and a variety of gourmet appetizers on Saturday, May 18th while enjoying views from the floor to ceiling windows from Oceanfront Suites Resort in Cowichan Bay.

Guests will have opportunities to bid on prestigious silent auction items donated by Roy Henry Vickers and Mark Hobson, chances for Tofino, Vancouver and Haida Gwaii getaways, gift baskets, jewelry, housewares, restaurant vouchers and so much more! All to raise funds to help further the research of biologist Alexandra Morton on the impact of open net, ocean dwelling, Atlantic salmon farms on our BC wild salmon stocks. 

In an endorsement of her currently touring documentary Salmon Confidential (www.salmonconfidential.ca), David Suzuki commented:

“For years, Alexandra Morton has soldiered on providing evidence of and calling for action on the catastrophic state of wild salmon. Government and industries have thwarted her over and over again. This film clearly documents that governments do not put protection of wild salmon at the top of their priorities and Canadians should be outraged. I am.”

The event runs from 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Ms Morton will be in attendance for an update, discussion and Q&A.

Tickets are just $25! Each ticket comes with a Salmon Confidential DVD or you can view the film at www.salmonconfidential.ca

Only 150 Tickets are available at Cowichan Bay Seafoods and Oceanfront Suites in Cowichan Bay and  Bucky’s Sport Shop, The Community Farm Store and Alderlea Farm Cafe in Duncan or by e-mail reservation to info@cowichanvalleyvoice.com

BACKGROUND ON ALEXANDRA MORTON

Alexandra Morton moved to the remote Broughton Archipelago in 1984 with her husband Robin Morton and their baby son to study and film killer whales. When Robin died tragically, Alex decided to stay. The Broughton had become her home.

When the first salmon farm moved into the area in 1987 she thought they would bring new families and help keep the little community of Echo Bay alive; however, as the farms got bigger, they mechanized and the number of people employed by these farms declined. Today the industry is run by three large Norwegian companies, they do not hire local people, our school closed and Echo Bay is suffering.

As the biologist on the grounds Alex began grappling with the impacts of the industry by writing letters to government, but after 10,000 pages, she realized they were not going to accept the words of a local resident. So she appealed to scientists around the world and they worked with her to measure significant negative impact of salmon farms on fish and whales. Alex has co-published with these scientists in scientific journals in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Alex also participated in every government process on salmon farms and watched as each made solid recommendations that were never implemented.

 

She turned her home into the Salmon Coast Field Station and made it available to scientists who wanted to further study impact of salmon farms (www.salmoncoast.org). She is director of the Raincoast Research Society, a charitable non-profit society dedicated to science (www.raincoastresearch.org), and she founded the Pacific Coast Wild Salmon Society.

Alex feels that science is not enough to bring reason to the salmon farming situation. Government does not appear to understand the value of wild salmon. Salmon farming is impacting wild salmon populations worldwide because like all feedlots it intensifies disease and this is lethal to wild fish.   

Currently, filmmaker Twyla Roscovich is on tour with a new documentary Salmon Confidential. This is a new film on the government cover up of what is killing BC’s wild salmon. When biologist Alexandra Morton discovers BC’s wild salmon are testing positive for dangerous European salmon viruses associated with salmon farming worldwide, a chain of events is set off by government to suppress the findings. Tracking viruses, Morton moves from courtrooms, into British Columbia’s most remote rivers, Vancouver grocery stores and sushi restaurants. The film documents Morton’s journey as she attempts to overcome government and industry roadblocks thrown in her path and works to bring critical information to the public in time to save BC’s wild salmon.

The film provides surprising insight into the inner workings of government agencies, as well as rare footage of the bureaucrats tasked with managing our fish and the safety of our food supply. (www.salmonconfidential.ca)

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