The future of salmon: A conversation with Alexandra Morton and Tła̱lita̱’las Glendale
A free webinar hosted by Sierra Club BC
June 22, 2021
Salmon are the foundation of life on the west coast, connecting communities and ecosystems from the ocean all the way to the Interior. Right now, these vital beings are on the brink.
Join biologist and national best-selling author Alexandra Morton and Sierra Club BC’s Forest Relations Coordinator Tła̱lita̱’las Glendale as they discuss the future of salmon. The conversation is moderated by SCBC’s Coastal Projects Lead Mark Worthing. We’ll be diving into the impact of fish farms, the importance of First Nations taking over management, and the deep interconnections between salmon and forests.
You’ll also hear a reading from Alexandra’s new book,Not on My Watch, which explores how a renegade whale biologist took on governments and industry to help save wild salmon.
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Alexandra Morton is a field biologist who has done groundbreaking research on the damaging impact of ocean-based salmon farming on the coast of British Columbia. She first studied communications in bottlenosed dolphins and then moved on to recording and analyzing the sounds of captive orcas at Marineland of the Pacific in California, where she witnessed the birth, and death, of the first orca conceived in captivity. In 1984, she moved to B.C. to study the language and culture of wild orca clans but soon found herself at the heart of a long fight to protect wild salmon. She also founded the Salmon Coast Research Station and has been key to many legal actions against the ocean-based salmon farming industry, including the recent First Nations-led occupation of salmon farms on the Broughton. She is the author of the recently released book Not on My Watch.
Tła̱lita̱’las Karissa Glendale is an Indigenous leader making a change in environmental injustices. She has been immersed in her culture from a young age and has grown up in the rural First Nations’ village of Alert Bay, B.C. She is currently Sierra Club BC’s Forest Relations Coordinator. Tła̱lita̱’las has both Haida and kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw ancestry and was taught the importance of protecting and preserving the Awinakola (the land, sky & sea). She strives to learn about all the traditional medicines that, not only the forest, but the ocean has to offer. You will often find her out on the water or in the forest, off-grid and enjoying the outdoors.