Wednesday, January 21, 2009

An Update on the "Go Wild" Kayaking Expedition

Back on January 13, Mary Ellen Walling of BC Salmon reached out to Phil Magistro and Apryle Craig, a couple planning on taking a canoe expedition along the coast of Washington state and British Columbia to survey the health of wild salmon stocks. After reading of the plans for their expedition, Mary Ellen offered to give the couple a tour of a salmon farm in British Columbia, as well as provide an opportunity for them to meet some of the folks who work on the farms.

Just a few hours after Mary Ellen sent that message, this is what she received in return:
Mary Ellen,

Thank you for your email and for your work in the coastal community. I immediately recognized your name from the Salmon Farmers Association website, where I learned there are tours available. There is a lot of controversial information out there and we definitely want to get a full picture of the situation for the survival of the salmon, ecosystem, and community.

We are very interested and grateful for your offer to visit a farm and to speak with your aquaculture scientists. It sounds like a great chance to ask questions to folks who have first-hand experience and knowledge. Thank you for suggesting this opportunity.

We have not yet outlined exactly where we expect to be and when. I don't think I was able to find on the website which location the salmon tours are at, but if you could let me know, we would look forward to putting this on our itinerary.

Thanks, again, for the email and please be in touch,

Though the trip isn't scheduled for a number of months, we promise to keep our readers looped on the progress. Please stay tuned.

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