This May, I joined Safina Center Fellow Paul Greenberg, and writers Mark Kurlansky and John Waldman to craft an opinion piece outlining the problem with Pebble Mine, “Trump’s poison pill for Alaska salmon,” published in The New York Times. Read our piece here.
By Carl Safina and Elizabeth Brown Last month, President Obama used his executive power to protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay from future oil and gas drilling. Bristol Bay is a 52,000 square mile area (roughly the size of Florida), north of the Aleutian Islands that the largest surviving salmon populations on Earth swim through on their […]
We were just chatting in Ken Balcomb’s kitchen when out of the computer speakers’ white-noise static came a single whistle that stopped all conversation. They were coming! Moments later the kitchen was full of squeals, squeaks, whoops, buzzes—. At the windows with our binoculars, we confirmed that a familiar group of “resident” or fish-eating killer […]
Previously posted on Huffington Post 6/14/2013 and National Geographic on 6/10/2013. A few years ago I visited Southeast Alaska and saw more salmon than I thought I’d ever see in my entire life. The question: will they be there for our next generation? Southeast Alaska is one of the last places in the United States […]
I recently lived a few days on a river in Canada. The idea was that I was fishing for Atlantic salmon. But very few of the fish got that memo. And if there were fish in that river with my name written on them, they couldn’t read. For days, focused on catching something yet catching […]
Salmon have lots of problems in many places. But some places have solutions. One is the Nisqually River in Washington State. There, wild Chinook Salmon were eliminated decades ago by overfishing and habitat loss. Now, an unusual coalition of politicians, civic planners, wildlife managers, farmers, fishing folks, and the Nisqually Indians are engaged in a […]