Wild salmon rally at Peach Arch

It's about calling on the federal government to take decisive action to protect wild salmon, says event organizer Eddie Gardner

Eddie Gardner of Chilliwack is a Sto:lo elder and organizer of the Protect Wild Salmon Rally

‘Protect Wild Salmon’ is a rally at the Peace Arch border Crssing set for Saturday morning, with two speakers from Chilliwack among those expected to address the crowd.

Sto:lo elder and event organizer Eddie Gardner said the cross-border protest is about calling on the federal government to take decisive action to protect the salmon.

“Wild salmon is the very lifeblood of B.C,” he said. ‘It’s an amazing gift to the world.”

Cheam First Nation councillor Ernie Crey, who has the fisheries portfolio, said the federal government has “dangerously increased threats to wild salmon survival” by approving a 41 per cent expansion plan of open-net fish farms along the migratory routes of wild sockeye.

It’s one of the questions being asked by a NAFTA committee looking into Canada’s role under the Fisheries Act in overseeing fish farms and their impact on wild salmon.

The rally runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with other speakers including biologist Alexandra Morton, Craig Orr, Zeke Grader and more.

Some people from Chilliwack will be carpooling to Peace Arch by first meeting outside the Target store in Cottonwood mall at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 19. From there they’ll go to Abbotsford, and then to White Rock and the Peace Arch Border Crossing.

Details at www.farmed-salmon-boycott.com