from ALEXANDRA MORTON
The enormous public concern over the collapse of Fraser sockeye has motivated me to build a blog so that we can communicate about what is happening, what is known and what needs to be done. Many of you on this list want to get involved, while others can’t bear any more emails, which I certainly understand.
So if you want to know more and to be able to communicate as a community please go to the site at the bottom of this email. I have posted maps, videos, (including one of Minister Shea receiving our letter last week in Norway and actually opening it and looking at it), as well as my best understanding of the situation. Some wild salmon species, such as pink salmon, are doing very well, some runs of sockeye are also flourishing. The collapse is very specific. If we read the situation accurately we will be able to figure this out and fix it.
Subject: Pacific Salmon Foundation Community Rountables
The Pacific Salmon Foundation is developing a proposal that aims to identify probable causes of declines and to identify strategies to improve the production of Coho and Chinook stocks in the Strait of Georgia. They will be hosting a community meeting on September 8th 7-9pm at the West Van Community Centre, 2121 Marine Drive, West Vancouver, to inform the public about this proposed initiative, and to gather information regarding ongoing community initiatives, observations and ideas with respect to changes that have been noticed in the estuarine and marine environments of the Strait of Georgia. Refreshments will be provided. You can also subscribe to http://ca.groups.yahoo.com/group/SOGProgram/join and post messages online. Please feel free to distribute to other interested parties.
Meetings will also be held on the following dates/times:
August 19th 7-9pm Travelodge Conference Centre, Duncan
August 20th 7-9pm Oliver Woods Community Centre, Nanaimo
September 2nd 7-9pm Maritime Heritage Centre, Campbell River
September 9th 7-9pm Sechelt Arts Centre, Sechelt
September 10th 4.30-6.30pm Recreation Complex, Powell River
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me,
Isobel A. Pearsall PhD
Strait of Georgia Coho & Chinook Program
99 Machleary Street