Author Expert Warns Pacific Wild Salmon are 'Going the way of the Grand Banks Cod' -- Alex Rose to Visit Toronto on May 26, 2008

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Alex Rose uncovers the collapse of Canada's most famous fishery, warns that salmon in the west coast may face the same ecological disaster

Who Killed the Grand Banks is indeed a mystery. For centuries, the Grand Banks on Canada's east coast were home to the world's largest fishing fleets -- the sheer abundance of cod was likened to one of the great wonders of the world. Yet in just a few short years, the cod were decimated. The stocks have never recovered. Who is to blame? To this date, many theories and suspects abound, but no one has been found accountable.

Written in the style of a narrative mystery, Who Killed the Grand Banks provides comprehensive answers about how the collapse of the Grand Banks occurred and identifies the culpable parties. Author Alex Rose brings to light the facts behind this made-in-Canada tragedy, including some frank truths that some Canadians may find difficult to face -- that we are to blame for the destruction of one of our greatest natural resources.

The story of the Grand Banks has become a cautionary tale that reminds us of the devastating consequences of ignoring our role as guardians of our environment and poses the question -- is it still happening today?

Alex Rose will be in Toronto and available for interviews on May 26th.

Alex Rose can comment on:

  • How Canadian sovereignty failed to save northern cod on the Grand Banks
  • The effects of overfishing on the world's oceans and how this dangerous trend will have a direct impact in our lifetime
  • How the Canadian government played a major role in the decimation of these stocks

Alex Rose is a writer and journalist based in West Vancouver. During his career he helped to write and edit three Royal Commissions and Provincial Inquiries, including one on the fisheries, which resulted in changes to public policy. He is a contributor to the National Post Saturday Review, The Globe and Mail, and BC Business Magazine. The author of three books, his most recent is North of Cape Caution (Raincoast), an investigation of ecotourism. He is the winner of the 1993 Roderick Haig-Brown B.C. Book Prize and was short listed for Canada's 2004 National Magazine Award.

For more information, please contact Erika Zupko at 416-236-4433 ext. 53018 or ezupko@wiley.com.

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