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General · 23rd April 2010
Alex Morton
A people’s movement to protect the fish that built BC – wild salmon
(April 22, 2010, Sointula, BC) After 20 years of expressing concern to governments that won’t listen and have shielded Norwegian salmon farms from the laws of Canada, the public of British Columbia is taking to the streets to get industrial salmon farming out of the ocean and away from their wild salmon.

The Get Out Migration begins April 22 with an evening send-off from the fishing village of Sointula. On April 23 the Namgis First Nation will perform a ceremony at the Nimpkish River at 10am for the group walking into the mountains.

“Get Out for Wild Salmon” released today on www.salmonaresacred.org shows Biologist Alexandra Morton leaving the Meetup River with the young wild salmon and the send off by the Broughton First Nation village Gwa'yasdams Village. “When International companies come in here and lay waste to our territory, we have a problem with that,” said elected chief Bob Chamberlin.

Anissa Reed of Ocean Aura and one of the planners says, “People absolutely hold salmon sacred. The outpouring to the Get Out Migration of artwork, volunteers organizing awesome events in every town, offering us shelter in their homes is a demonstration of the attachment British Columbians have to wild salmon. We expect thousands to participate.”

“Government has ignored its own studies on salmon farming since 1989. This is exactly how we lost the food security, thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars that the North Atlantic cod brought to Canada. We in BC do not intend to play out this tragedy again,” says Alexandra Morton. “Government must support the families dependent on this industry as it is removed from the ocean onto land.”

On April 16, 2010, the Department of Justice (DOJ) had to instruct DFO to lay charges against Norwegian fish farm company Marine Harvest, for unlawful possession of wild salmon and herring. “This offence was reported to DFO last year; why did it require the DOJ to lay a straightforward charge?” asks Morton. “If we want wild salmon, British Columbians need to send government a very clear message that this nonsense is over, get salmon farms out of the ocean and let Canadians reinvent this industry on land.”

The Get Out Migration has spread to other towns. For details http://www.salmonaresacred.org/itinerary

There will be public events scheduled in:
- Quadra Island (27th April)
- Campbell River (28th April)
- Courtenay (29th April)
- Fanny Bay (30th April)
- Big Qualicum River (1st May)
- Qualicum Beach (2nd May)
- Lantzville (3rd May)
- Nanaimo and Gabriola Island (4th May)
- Ladysmith (5th May)
- Duncan (6th May)
- Sidney (7th May)
- Victoria (8th and 9th).

Other Migrations around BC are taking place in:
- Lillooet (22nd April)
- Adams River (24th April)
- Tofino (25th April)
- Prince George (3rd May)
- Lumby (8th May)
- Paddle for Wild Salmon down the Fraser River leaving Hope on 28th April and arriving in Sidney on 7th May.

Contact: Alexandra Morton 250-974-7086