It’s no secret that we love wild salmon. We love ’em in the rivers, in the ocean and… on our plate. So, we’re definitely motivated to do what we can to save these iconic creatures. We’ve been supporting the folks at Save Our Wild Salmon (SOS) for years. The group has aimed their efforts at removing four outdated dams on the lower Snake River. Something we’re proud to support.
This week, SOS is teaming up with the Felt Soul Media for a fish fest of epic proportions in Portland, Ore. on April 14. If you’re anywhere near there, you don’t want to miss out…
If you can’t make it, take action here today!
via SOS’s blog:
In Felt Soul Media’s Eastern Rises, fishing is poetry; Bigfoot lurks in the fog; and fishermen risk life and limb in decommissioned Cold War helicopters to explore rivers that have never been fished.
“Kamchatka is one of the most wild and remote places on Earth and a huge producer of wild salmon in the North Pacific, currently only rivaled by Alaska’s Bristol Bay,” said filmmaker Travis Rummel of Felt Soul Media. “The entire Pacific coast of North America used to produce wild salmon in abundance — especially the Columbia/Snake River systems. Sadly you have to travel to the end of Earth to find what was once in our backyards.”
While the audience won’t see many salmon in Eastern Rises, the film showcases a wild piece of the world where salmon still return in large numbers and is reminiscent to what the mighty Columbia once was.
In EP Films’ The Greatest Migration, follow endangered Snake River salmon as they tackle an incredible journey from Alaska through the Columbia and Snake Rivers to Idaho’s wild and rugged Sawtooth Mountains — swimming 1,000 miles inland and nearly 7,000 feet in elevation — farther and climbing higher than any salmon on Earth.
“While filming I spent time fishing with a fisherman from Sitka, crouched on the banks of the Snake with a Nez Perce elder and stalked spawning wild chinook salmon with a fisheries biologist in Idaho — 1,000 miles from the ocean,” said filmmaker Andy Maser of EP films. “After all of that, it was crystal clear that the story we set out to tell was about so much more than a fish. Salmon are an icon. They’re the lifeblood of our communities, culture and environment. Without them, our world looks very different.”
Historically, 30 million salmon used to feed the Columbia-Snake Rivers, but today, their populations have plummeted to just 1% of those historic numbers — largely due to impacts from the basin’s hydrosystem. Salmon advocates, fishermen, business leaders and conservationists are fighting in court to institute protections on the Columbia-Snake Rivers that would restore wild salmon populations. And the region’s top scientists have identified lower Snake River dam removal as the most effective — if not only — option to recover the Snake River’s legendary salmon runs. The Obama administration has yet to consider that option.
“Not wanting to stir up controversy or upset powerful interests, our government has allowed science and innovation to lose out to politics and procrastination,” said renowned Oregon steelhead fishing guide Jeff Hickman. “My job depends on healthy wild salmon and steelhead. To save them, we’ve got to take the lead and push for the removal of the dams that are literally blocking wild salmon and steelhead from their very survival. This fight is far from over. We will not simply sit on the sidelines and allow science and truth to be silenced. We will fight for salmon, for our rivers, for ourselves and for our future.”
Wild salmon are an integral part of our cultures, ecosystems, food security and global economy. To save them, we must protect our best remaining rivers and remove the dams that are literally blocking wild salmon from their very survival.
When: April 14 — Doors at 7pm, Films at 7:30pm
Where: Boothster — 521 NE Davis in Portland
Eastern Rises Teaser: http://vimeo.com/3074182
The Greatest Migration Teaser: http://vimeo.com/15041410
FREE Entry, 21 and over.
$5 gets you a Klean Kanteen steel pint and beer for the night
All proceeds benefit Save Our Wild Salmon.