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Cannery hosting Salmon Science Expo Nov. 9

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 3:28 PDT, Tue October 29, 2019

In celebration of the International Year of the Salmon, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site presents its second annual Salmon Science Expo Nov. 9.

From noon to 4 p.m., you can investigate salmon science through hands-on experiments, games, films and art. Activities are suitable for kids of all ages and for the entire family to enjoy—free of charge.

In the International Year of the Salmon, a series of events, projects and research to raise public awareness about the needs of salmon, and to inspire people to take action to protect salmon. This global effort acknowledges that human impact on salmon has reached a critical point; it is time to build resilience for salmon and people. 

To support this initiative, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society has invited local organizations who are working to protect wild salmon to share their work at the expo. Shannon King, manager of audience engagement, says “the Salmon Science Expo will include displays and activities from twice as many organizations as last year. There will be a variety of interactive things to do including testing water quality, examining salmon specimens, and speaking directly with salmon scientists.” 

The cannery’s regular guided tours and films will be available throughout the day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Expo presenters and partner organizations include BC Wildlife Federation, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Fraser Basin Council, Fraser River Discovery Centre, Pacific Salmon Commission, Pacific Salmon Foundation, Stream of Dreams Mural Society, University of British Columbia’s Hakai Juvenile Salmon Program, and the City of Vancouver’s Green Infrastructure Team.  

The Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society’s mission is to preserve and promote Canada’s West Coast fishing history. The Society operates the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site (12138 Fourth Ave. at Moncton St. in Steveston) on behalf of Parks Canada. Regular admission is $11.70 for adults, $10.05 for seniors (65+), and free for youth (17 and under). 

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