Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Dam Busters: Save Our Wild Salmon and Patagonia

We're in Salt Lake City for the week for Outdoor Retailer. A lot of what we would wouldn't be possible without the support of outdoor industry brands, so it's good to come down, hand off some salmon jerky and give a big "thank you" for all of the ongoing support that makes this campaign possible.

But we also like to simply celebrate these fish, and that's where throwing a party comes into the mix. One of our key partners, Patagonia, offered to help us throw a celebratory event to feature the recent work of our partnership with the International League of Conservation Photographers and the beautiful photos from the Sawtooth Valley, as well as a film trailer from Epicocity Project.

This party is all about celebrating the power of these fish, so if you're in Salt Lake City, swing on by and come raise a glass for salmon!

WHAT: Snake River salmon swim more than 900 miles inland and climb almost 7,000 feet to reach their spawning grounds — the highest salmon spawning habitat on the planet, and the largest and wildest habitat left in the continental United States. These one of a kind salmon travel farther and higher than any other salmon on Earth — not to mention tackling eight massive dams along the way. Come celebrate these amazing fish and catch a glimpse of their epic migration first hand with a film trailer from the Epicocity Project and an amazing photo exhibit from the International League of Conservation Photographers. The filmmakers, photographers and Save Our Wild Salmon crew will be on hand to answer questions and help you take action to protect these one of a kind fish. FREE beer and smoked salmon!

WHERE: Patagonia Booth # 13027

Thursday August 5 from 4-6pm

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

As a child, in the 1960's, on nearly a yearly basis , we had a salmon run in the irrigation ditch that flowed just a short walk above my house. The salmon had taken a wrong turn on their way up the Wenatchee River and entered an irrigation diversion, then traveled seven miles or so, crossing the Columbia River and then a half mile, steep ascent in an underground four foot pipe to the open irrigation canal. Word traveled quick that salmon were in the ditch and all the neighbor boys would grab fishing rods with treble hooked lures, pitch forks, bow and arrows and the fishing was on ! The fish quickly found out that they were safe if they entered areas under road bridges, and our total take was a couple fish over a three year period. The salmon and other fish that ended up in the ditch were doomed to die without spawning, with no way to make return to the Wenatchee River and their spawning grounds. I need to know that this no longer happens and will contact the irrigation company to find out. Salmon awareness is much greater now than at that time, but wouldn't it have been an obvious thing to guard against back then ? How many salmon were lost then and how many are lost this way today. The cumulative effects of dams, predators, fishing, poaching, low water, and many other factors contribute to the state of salmon runs at this time. My childhood memories of the salmon runs are tinged with guilt, but I tell myself the fish were doomed when they entered the diversion. I want to do what I can for salmon runs today. Salmon are Forever !

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