Have you heard of Copper River salmon? What about the Exxon Valdez oil spill of March 24, 1989? This massive oil spill off the shore of Cordova, Alaska horrified local fisherman and devastated the community when the Prince William Sound fishery stocks collapsed. Without fish, the economic base of the community was destroyed. Riki Ott shares her story about how she mobilized the community to help in the recovery, and how her experience awakened the need to make corporations more responsible for their actions.
John McCosker, PhD, the Chair of the Department of Aquatic Biology at the California Academy of Sciences shares his thoughts about the perils that our oceans face, and his concerns about the future of our oceans.
In this Skype interview between Huey Johnson and environmental attorney, Scott Reed from Coeur d'Alene Idaho, they discuss an urgent land conservation project that brought them together when Huey was the Western Regional Director of the Nature Conservancy. Scott and Huey also talk about adjudication of the Snake River, a process that went on for 20 years. The state later decided to adjudicate water in north Idaho as well. Scott is well known for his work in water resources and especially for establishing minimum flows for fish in north Idaho.
Ed Chaney has demonstrated courage in his fight to protect salmon and their habitat. He describes what it means to face tough opposition and how all environmental advocates must muster their personal power wherever it lies.
How precarious is the future of salmon in California? Fishery biologist and consultant, Bill Kier, talks about his work protecting salmon in California, and the importance of the San Francisco Bay Delta for the health of the fishery.