It happened again last week; with the tiresome inevitability of an unwanted visit by a least favourite relative, another massive “escape” of Atlantic salmon from a “fish farm” near Campbell River has resulted in at least 30,000 of the invasive species being loosed into coastal waters here. Escapes like the Canada Day one from the Marine Harvest operation is just one of the myriad problems to the health of indigenous species posed by B.C.’s burgeoning fish farm industry, again highlighting the great peril this business promises.
Alexandra Morton is founder of the Raincoast Research Society, and Director of the Salmon Coast Field Station. She’s based on the British Columbia mainland’s mid-coast, at the Broughton Archipelago, where she has studied sea and wildlife for more than twenty years. Alexandra Morton in the first segment.
And; Canada needs a free press; this according to media and social justice activist, and friend to GR, Jack Etkin. Tomorrow, Jack and his fellow travellers will again be on the streets to bring to the people of the city the message Victoria’s highly concentrated media will not: The time for media reform is NOW.
Jack Etkin and massaging the “mainstream” message in the second half.
And; wayward Gorilla Radio contributor Janine Bandcroft has at this hour completed her journey to Cuba with the 19th annual Goods for Cuba Caravan. We’ve managed to receive her progress reports up until now, but Cuba presents communication problems we have so far been unable to solve. But tune in next week, and we’ll likely have her updates. But first today, Alexandra Morton and what Marine Harvest’s spilt fish means for B.C.’s Pacific salmon.