Pink Salmon Barbeque to Promote One of B.C.’s Most Sustainable Seafoods!
Campbell River – Pink salmon returns have been at record-high numbers in the North Pacific in recent years and Campbell River anglers have benefited from this abundance. As a result, this summer the Campbell River Pink Salmon Festival will serve up delicious pink salmon to the public and promote pink salmon as a sustainable and delicious seafood choice. The event will be hosted by the Pacific Salmon Foundation and is scheduled to be held at Robert Ostler Park on Saturday, July 28, 2012 from noon to 4:00 p.m. Members of the public will be treated to barbequed pink salmon prepared by the Kinsmen Club of Campbell River. There is no admission charge for the festival which will also feature entertainment, family activities and informative displays.
Pink salmon are a nutritious food source that has been traditionally overlooked by the public. In the Pacific, pinks are the most abundant and sustainable salmon species - returning in very large numbers, so they can be sustainably harvested without damage to the overall resilience of the population. Also, purchasing pink salmon can help support B.C. fishers who have struggled over the last decade with low salmon returns.
“Our message to the public is that we as consumers have the power to ensure that salmon have a future for us to enjoy,” said Dr. Brian Riddell, president & CEO of the Pacific Salmon Foundation. “Salmon are a keystone species in British Columbia from a cultural, environmental and economic perspective. Pink salmon, which are expected to be abundant this year, have the ability to serve as an abundant human food source while also adequately supporting ecosystems that depend on them for survival. Pink salmon can truly be sustainable seafood in practice and not just in words.”
Since 1989 the Pacific Salmon Foundation has invested $34 million in 2,000 Pacific salmon conservation, restoration and enhancement projects across British Columbia. The funds were leveraged locally by more than 35,000 volunteers, and through in-kind labor and added donations have had a total impact of $127 million.
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