June 6 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm$10
Alexandra Morton is an independent biologist who followed whales into a remote archipelago in 1984, making it her home and study area. When the salmon farming industry arrived, Morton welcomed the industry’s potential to infuse the tiny float house community of Echo Bay with families and keep the one-room school, the heart of the community, open. When Morton’s fishermen neighbours asked her to write letters to Fisheries and Ocean Canada on their behalf regarding impact by the salmon farming industry on their livelihoods, Morton began publishing scientific research on the impact of the industry, turned her home into a research station, took the industry to court 5 times (winning 4 times), and eventually stood with the First Nations that adopted her, as they occupied the farms for 280-days in 2016/17.
Alexandra has been featured on 60 Minutes, by the New York Times, and is the subject of several documentaries. She has written several books, including one that is underway. Morton is a solutionist with practical strategy to allow BC’s coastal economy to thrive alongside the natural world, through the use of cutting-edge scientific tools. She believes that human ingenuity is capable of bringing us into ecological compliance with salmon and the natural world, something that she sees as critical to the lives of the children who are growing in our world today.
Alexandra Morton will describe her journey, the state of wild salmon and whales on the BC coast and how we can become better neighbours to them.
Members $5 + tax
Non-Members $10 + tax
12 and under free
Students with ID free