Alexandra Morton receives one of five annual Women of Discovery Awards to women advancing scientific inquiry and environmental conservation
by Craig Weatherby
As we reported recently, wild salmon researcher/defender Alexandra Morton will lead a human “migration” by foot and boat to protest the impact of salmon farms on migrating young wild salmon.
As we reported, she was recently awarded an honorary doctorate for her pioneering, peer-reviewed research (see “Wild Salmon Defender Gets Honorary Ph.D., Starts Long Walk for Wild Salmon”).
She also created the April 23 “Get Out Migration” event to bring attention to the threat posed to young wild salmon in British Columbia by lice from salmon farms sited in or near their migration routes.
This people’s march from the fishing village of Sointula to the city of Victoria, British Columbia is intended to make the Canadian government aware that most local people want wild salmon to take higher priority than farm salmon.
Their stance makes sense, given the irreplaceable value of wild salmon to the coastal eco system, and because salmon fishing supports many more jobs than salmon farms... most of whose profits go to huge Norwegian companies.
(You can learn more about the cause by viewing the new video from Alexandra, titled Everyone Loves Wild Salmon Don't They?… either below or at the SalmonAreSacred.org website.
People will host supporting events as the “migrators” pass through the towns of Vancouver Island and hold allied events elsewhere in British Columbia.
Alexandra Morton receives women's science award
Today, just three weeks after receiving an honorary doctorate from Simon Fraser University, Alexandra is one of five remarkable women being presented with a Women of Discovery Award by event hostess Uma Thurman.
The award comes from WINGS WorldQuest, a unique international organization dedicated to recognizing and supporting visionary women who are advancing scientific inquiry and environmental conservation.
WINGS WorldQuest was co-founded by nature author and photographer Milbry Polk… a widely respected Fellow of The Explorers Club and the Royal Geographic Society.
The Discovery Awards program celebrates and supports the ground-breaking work of current women explorers and scientists… with the WINGS Flag being carried by women on more than 40 current and past expeditions around the globe.
We congratulate Alexandra Morton on her well-deserved recognition… and visit SalmonAreSacred.org to lend concrete support to wild salmon research and advocacy.