This Friday, you get a chance to eat some wild baked Salmon at Ocean Beach, at about 6:30pm, when SalmonAid 2009 kicks off its awareness-building campaign.
The full festival happens this weekend (Saturday & Sunday, June 20-21) at Jack London Square in Oakland.
What do the festival organizers want you to be aware of?
- Wild salmon populations have declined drastically, especially in California. Rivers and streams that were former spawning grounds (like the Sacramento and Klamath rivers) have been diverted, drained, or buried due to dams, silt, and other things.
- Eating wild salmon right now, even when the population is low, is actually good for the industry. Why? Simple demand and supply. If you demand the wild Pacific stuff (and even ignore the salmon that is marketed as organically, ecologically, or sustainably-farmed), then the power of the fork and pocketbook will drive demand for reform.
- Promoting the growth of the farmed salmon industry reinforces farming practices that inhibit growth of wild salmon in the same area due to things like releasing of sea lice that appear in overcrowded conditions, or escaped farmed salmon that have been bred to feed on grain materials, and anything in sight.
If you have any other information (pro or con), and would like to educate the readers, please post in the comments. Otherwise, I’ll look for you at Ocean Beach this Friday!