Bristol Bay and its surrounding region, long known for its spectacular salmon run as well as residents’ fight to stave off mining, is profiled in a stunning video housed at the site of Yale360, an environmental news site published by the Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.
The Bristol Bay region was also one of President Barack Obama’s stops on his tour of Alaska and the Arctic in September. Residents and fishermen and women urged him to keep the proposed Pebble Mine at bay, the environmental website Earthworks reported.
Filmmaker Jason Ching has worked in southwest Alaska for years, resulting in this cinematic, informative nine-minute documentary about the salmon run—at 30 million strong, the largest in the world—and what it means to the ecology and the economy.
The film, the first runner-up in the 2015 Yale Environment 360 Video Contest, profiles the work being done by the Alaska Salmon Research Program through the University of Washington. The fishery research was first begun in 1947, when the numbers of sockeye salmon returning to spawn plummeted, Ching says in the video. Two other centers were established later. All are still operating today, focused on determining salmon age, health and other factors, the film recounts.
“Ching’s video shows the exquisite beauty of these fish and their remarkable migrations,” says Yale360 in its introduction.
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