People across British Columbia are being invited this week to participate in a historic "migration" from the north coast of Vancouver Island to the provincial capital in Victoria. The walk, which has been dubbed the 'Get Out' migration, aims to raise awareness and showcase public concern for B.C.'s beleaguered wild salmon stocks. Organized by activist Alexandra Morton, the walk is also a symbol of protest against the salmon farming practices that are putting wild salmon at risk.
For 10 years, Alexandra has analyzed the negative impacts of open net pen salmon farming in B.C.'s coastal waters. Her work has been published in scientific journals and presented to both the federal and provincial governments.
And now Alexandra is turning to the people.
The migration walk aims to rally British Columbians in a way that hasn't been done before, in hopes of realizing lasting change in the salmon farming industry. The walk is about giving a voice to the many in B.C. who care about wild salmon, and showing those responsible for protecting salmon that there is a constituency who will hold them to the task.