It was great to meet so many of you yesterday at the BC Wildlife Federation meeting! This group is one of the most powerful voices left in BC for wild salmon. The most important thing here is just to get the information out there about the European viruses that are spilling into BC waters like invisible oil spill. I have several documents that you can print out and post, or put on the counters of tackle shops - email me if you want some email@example.com
I am continue the testing - was really hoping for samples of Steelhead from Vedder, so please let me know, because so much ISA virus has been found in Vedder and Cultus, this is a ground zero for this virus, Steelhead are so genetically similar to Atlantic salmon which are the natural host for ISA virus, that Steelhead might be our best chance at culturing the virus.
There are 4 levels of detection and we have passed 3 culturing is the last stage and the one Canada requires to act.
It is unbelievable that the farmers are being paid to remove their fish. The trillions of viruses pouring out of the farm are dispersing through the ocean, like an oil spill and the fish farmers get compensated...
It was nice meeting you Alex, Great presentation. Its my understanding that the Federation is willing to do more to help the cause in the near future and will be doing so.
The information sheets that you left behind were snapped up in a hurry, so I expect to see individual clubs getting involved as well.
Perhaps , after detailing the lies and obstruction that you have had to endure from DFO and the Harper cronies, the one thing that that made me sit up at attention, was you detailing that you and a small bunch of volunteers have been carrying the weight for the rest of us--- there is no large organization doing the planning and fund raising . There are no funds from the large enviro organization from the US, its just YOU and your small bunch of like-minded people. Salmonaresacred.org is just a website.....
It is obvious that you need help (and financing) -- to get the campaign to a higher level, and to give you some time to breath. Lorne Parker has taken one small step in this direction on this discussion board, I hope there will be more.
Thanks again for sticking up for our wild salmon
20ft Alumaweld Intruder
If someone is on a fly board and could you post a notice in Vancouver. They might have more of a chance of getting the word out you would like a steelhead from the Veddar. Or mabey contact the tackle shops like Barrys Bait and Tackle (I dont know alot of tackle shops over there) and they might put up a notice and put out the word with your contact info. It is getting late and alot of people dont keep steelhead (may not be aloud to over there I dont know) but may be able to find someone that will get you one specifically for your purpose. Alot of people on this board are based on the island and saltwater oriented. Good luck and thank you.
Forgot to mention that the hat was passed and raised Approx $1300 for Alex... But more is needed if more samples are to be lab tested.
20ft Alumaweld Intruder
i am currently reading "Four Fish: The future of the last wild food"; Paul Greenberg.
this passage sort of summed up the mountain that seems insurmountable in regard to the topic of this thread:
"...If fish ends up in the market, humans will come to the obvious conclusion that it is food; they will then choose to eat it, even if they are warned that the fish is endangered or contaminated with mercury. in the absence of a larger moral arguement and more profound government action, the animal's appearance as flesh in the market, unfortunately, argues more effectively than do any caveats against eating it..."
and so goes the new salmon wars!