Archive for Salmon

Obama Gives Bristol Bay Fishermen A Great Christmas Present!

Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, Salmon, Whales on March 10th, 2015 No Comments

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 […]

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Killer Whales in Washington State: Serial Problems By Carl Safina

Salmon, Whales on October 5th, 2013 5 Comments

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 […]

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A New Idea to Protect Wild Salmon

Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, Salmon on June 19th, 2013 No Comments

Previously posted on Huffington Post 6/14/2013: and National Geographic on 6/10/2013:…ct-wild-salmon/ ‎ 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 […]

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Zen In The Art Of Fishing

Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, Salmon on July 17th, 2012 3 Comments

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 […]

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Bringing Salmon Back

Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, PBS Television Show: "Saving the Ocean", Salmon on September 13th, 2011 2 Comments

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 […]

Frankenfish: Not Quite a First

Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, Salmon on September 23rd, 2010 5 Comments

From my point of view, “unnatural” spans a range of things. All domesticated breeds are genetically altered. Look at corn compared to its progenitor teosinte, a wild grass still found in Central America. Or a toy poodle compared to the timber wolf that was its progenitor before people started breeding them for all kinds of […]

Salmon in the Trees

News, Salmon on March 26th, 2010 1 Comment

Carl Safina contributes a chapter to photographer Amy Gulick’s new book, “Salmon in the Trees.” Click here for more information!