This past March, Washington state successfully passed a law phasing out open-water Atlantic salmon aquaculture from Puget Sound. While this law represents an unprecedented environmental success, Our Sound, Our Salmon is launching a new campaign to educate the public about a debilitating and potentially lethal salmonid virus remaining in Puget Sound Atlantic salmon net pens that cannot be ignored until 2022.
On Wednesday August 8th and Thursday August 9th you're invited to join
A public discussion with Kurt Beardslee of Wild Fish Conservancy about PRV (Piscine Reovirus) in Puget Sound will take place:
Wednesday, August 8 at 7 p.m. in the Commons at UW Friday Harbor Labs on San Juan Island.
Thursday, August 9 at 6 pm at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Eastsound on Orcas Island. This event is co-hosted by San Juan County WA Democrats, Our Revolution San Juan County, and Orcas Food Co-op.
Beardslee will explain what recent science reveals about the virus and how exposure to PRV-infected farmed fish places our native salmonids at risk. He'll review the results of recent PRV-testing in Puget Sound farmed Atlantic salmon and what these results suggest about the potential scale of infection in the remaining net pens.
He will also discuss Our Sound, Our Salmon's efforts to stand in solidarity with B.C. First Nations as they petition the Canadian government to remove PRV-infected fish farms from their ancestral waters.
Finally, learn all about Our Sound, Our Salmon's new campaign to ensure PRV-infected farmed Atlantic salmon are removed from Puget Sound and how you can support these efforts. The presentations will be followed by a Q and A.