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Odd Grydeland

The following article appeared in a recent version of The Edmonton Journal;

Clearly, it's time the phrase "To boldly go where no man has gone before" went there itself. And one suspects certain folk are starting to wish Captain Kirk could join his signature line on a journey to reduced visibility.

William Shatner is not without his attractions, including an admirable talent for self-deprecation, but up till now we didn't fancy him as a committed environmental crusader. An avid and experienced sportsman--no question about it. But as his old partner Leonard Nimoy has said, Shatner also has enjoyed shooting wild boar on private hunting preserves in northern California--not exactly approved Sierra Club activity.

On a recent Boston Legal shoot in the Broughton Archipelago off the northwestern coast of Vancouver Island, however, old James T. apparently got green religion. The area is the site of a bitter dispute between First Nations residents, environmentalists and Norwegian fish farming corporations. Biologists such as Alexandra Morton have suggested plummeting stocks of wild salmon and steelhead are a result of sea lice created by fish farms. Morton met Shatner, who has lately written letters to Stephen Harper, Michael Ignatieff and B. C. Premier Gordon Campbell asking that imported Atlantic salmon fish farms be removed from wild Pacific salmon migration routes.

Meanwhile, Brent Hargreaves, a researcher with the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans who has looked into the question for years, said there is no link between those tiny watery varmints and salmon/steelhead mortality. Clearly, this is a case for the cool rationality of Mr. Spock, who sadly has yet to lift an eyebrow on the matter.