This film will investigate the parallel stories of collapsing Pacific salmon populations and how biologists and engineers have become instruments in audacious experiments to replicate every stage of the fish's life cycle. Each of our desperate efforts to save salmon has involved replacing their natural cycle of reproduction and death with a radically manipulated life history. Our once great runs of salmon are now conceived in laboratories, raised in tanks, driven in trucks, and farmed in pens. Here we go beyond the ongoing debate over how to save an endangered species. In its exposure of a wildly creative, hopelessly complex, and stunningly expensive approach to managing salmon, the film reveals one of the most ambitious plans ever conceived for taking the reins of the planet.
Educational Materials includes…
Video Enhanced Lessons, Segments include
Producing Salmon - A look at how humans are producing salmon in an effort to protect the species.
Humans and Salmon - An overview of how humans have impacted salmon populations for more than 150 years.
Salmon's Journey - An overview of salmon's journey after being released from the hatcheries into the wild.
Restoring Streams - A look at efforts to remove dams and restore streams and salmon runs.
Life and Death of Pacific Northwest Salmon - A brief look into the life and death of salmon in the Pacific Northwest.
Salmon in the Ecosystem - An overview of the role of salmon in ecosystems and current efforts to restore salmon nutrients to streams.
Extreme Measures - A look at extreme measures to protect salmon from predators, as well as efforts to count salmon populations.
Also, Video Enhanced Educator Resources (PDFs)
Descriptive Video for the Visually Impaired
Subtitles in English (SDH)
VIDEO USAGE RIGHTS
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