5 comments on “Waiting for Salmon

  1. ……and the ramifications for all the other species down the line must have been equally distressting. Has this event happened before or is it one of the many ‘firsts, hottests, wettests” that marked 2018?PS(Great bit of writing 😉)

    • There was a downturn in salmon returns back in the 1960’s, but not as severe as last year. The entire ecosystem in the Chigniks is beginning to change – warmer, more trees, less snow pack in the mountains. Old photographs show that most of this area was tundra just a few decades ago. Now it’s covered with alders and willows. Last year was a tough year for our bears, with the poor salmon returns. But every living thing in this area depends on salmon – whales, orcas… even the berry plants, which depend on “salmon fertilizer” deposited by bears and birds. It’s a real source of frustration that most fishermen vote for the party that doesn’t believe in/doesn’t understand science.

      • Not wanting to start up a conversation but you must have heard the devastating Aus.election result achieved by the climate deniers, racists, wannabe Trumps this past Saturday.. it has the rest of us deeply worried, frustrated and in mourning. In our case miners are the fisherpeople…

        • What has been most discouraging to us has been to discover that in America and abroad, we have apparently been overestimating many of our fellow citizens. The paranoia, racism and depth of inability to read and understand accurate information has been eye opening. We always understood that in any given population, there were a few people such as this… But it causes one to draw a breath and tighten shoulders to realize that perhaps most – or at least A Lot – think this way.

        • Indeed. Here Murdoch is getting the blame for blanketing conservative propaganda plus the fear mongering that sells news and causes the widespread internalised anxiety that either results in proaction or status quo reactions. I think the internet encourages echo chambers of like minded rhetoric that can easilybe mistaken for more general consensus. soldier on.

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