It was such an honour to attend the Sea Shepherd event in Alert bay hosted by ‘Namgis First Nations to welcome the RV Martin Sheen into their community. Alexandra Morton is highly esteemed by this community and it was a very moving experience in the Big House where the ships crew was honoured for the work they are doing observing and testing for viruses at fish farms in their territory.
I have admired Alex for many years for the work she has done studying the specific population of orcas that got me hooked on orcas as a child. I began reading her books at a very young age. Her studies diverged when she realized the wild salmon were suffering, and their downfall coincided with the introduction of Fish Farms in their region. She has been studying their effects for over 20 years now. The entire ocean ecosystem is screaming that these farms need to be moved out of the ocean and onto land.
Alex is teaming with First Nations on the Coast who have asked for her help with Sea Shepherd’s campaign Operation Virus Hunter. Science and culture are joining together to push for the removal of these farms from the ocean.
I have followed Sea Shepherd’s work for 7 or 8 years now. They have nothing personal to gain. They speak for those who cannot – Our oceans and the wildlife within them. They fight for all of us who do not. I am so proud to stand with Sea Shepherd and Alexandra on this campaign and particularly to stand with the Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw Nations in their fight to rid their surrounding waters of open net salmon farms.
(Sorry the photos aren’t in order – One of the hazards of taking over 2000+ photos!)