Alexandra Morton hauls in a net she uses to catch salmon fry. After testing the fry for sea lice, she releases them back into the ocean. (Nik West)(for the full article click here)
Brad Bird, Oceanside StarPublished: Thursday, February 04, 2010
"It's really now or never. This is not a dress rehearsal. These (wild) fish are going down," she said. "But we can turn it around."
Morton lives in Echo Bay in the Broughton Archipelago, near Port McNeill, surrounded by about two dozen fish farms which she has documented are harming wild salmon stocks. Her home has become a stopping point for various marine researchers. She raised her children there and has lived in that wilderness setting since about 1980.
She began her talk by saying how some people suggest she is on a crusade. Others say she has a vendetta against the industry.
"No," she tells them, she's just "a woman cleaning house."
The power to change things isn't really with government, she said, but with each of us.
"The power of one is all we have, but we all have it."
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What I really like about the article is the power we have as individuals to effect change.
In the same vein, there is more good news: The National Animal Identification System (NAIS) championed by Cargill and Monsanto has been abandoned. The Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund also says that "The change in USDA policy is due to the thousands of people who spoke up in opposition to NAIS."
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So you see, YOU are important. Every phone call you make and every letter you write makes a difference. Stay passionate and as Matt says, "Think Fish!"