The Three Bears

2010
Size: each panel is 60.96 cm h. x 91.44 cm w. x 7 cm deep
Media: Collage, Chinese ink prints from a sockeye, plaster castings from bear tracks, oil paint on panel
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The Three Bears not only examines the relationship between the black bear and the Fraser River sockeye, but also questions the absence of 9 million sockeye in 2009. Salmon are the foundation for coastal ecosystems and are important to the black bear for a nutritionally balanced diet, to reproduce and survive. One theory suggests the lack of sockeye is due to the introduction of Atlantic salmon to the Pacific Northwest by Norwegien fish farmers. The farms appear to be causing a high incidence of parasites and disease within their geographic location. These unnatural occurences indirectly affect the young sockeye, who pass by on their journey north.

Resources:

Morton, Alexander. “Salmon Are Sacred, The Get Out Migration.” Agi Hall, Gabriola Island, BC Canada
May 4, 2010.

Woolley, Pieta. “Sea lice from fish farms threaten Fraser River Sockeye.” Michael Price, Conservation Biologist, Raincoast Conservation Foundation. (March 23, 2009).

www.raincoast.org/projects/wild-salmon/; www.straight.com/article-209070/sea-lice-fish-farms-threaten-fraser-river-sockeye-biologist Raincoast Conservation Foundation. www.raincoast.org/projects/wild-salmon/.