For someone who has never known the role of wild salmon to this earth, understanding the urgent need to protect them may seem elusive. Those who have never before seen a wild salmon are still impacted by their existence whether they know it or not. Salmon are a species that contributes to the very air we breathe, through the soil that nurtures the forests and the numerous other species that contribute to an ancient cycle of life, a cycle that is dependent on salmon and would collapse without them.
Few species have as much significance to so many other life forms as do the wild salmon. Their journey is one that is humbling to contemplate. Swimming against innumerable odds they leave their birthplace no bigger than a thumb to travel thousands of miles downriver and out to the oceans, where many become feed for other life forms. Those that survive make the long journey upstream as adults to where they were born with one goal; to continue the cycle of life. No longer eating when they enter the rivers, they use every last energy reserve to return home to spawn, leaving their spent bodies to feed the soil and ecosystem.
Where once the salmon made this journey in accordance with nature, dying only as nature intended and feeding those who’ve had a relationship with salmon since time immemorial, wild salmon now face threats that have been brought upon them entirely at the hands of human industrial activity.
Wild salmon and human civilization is not compatible. The decline of salmon stocks around the world is nothing short of the proverbial “canary in the coalmine”. To allow wild salmon to vanish to extinction is to allow continued genocide of Indigenous culture, an end to all other species that depend on wild salmon, and an end to life as we know it.
Living in this civilization on occupied Indigenous lands, we all have a role to play in ensuring the survival of wild salmon and all they are connected to. That responsibility means we cannot look away from all that is contributing to the demise of wild salmon stocks.
The "Out of sight, out of mind" mantra cannot be an excuse to turn a blind eye while threats to wild salmon increase to the point of extinction.
The industrial civilization we are currently part of prioritizes economic benefits of the natural world first and foremost, demeaning the very life cycle that creates a habitable planet. The past 50 years has seen an alarming global decline of wild salmon and wild fish stocks. It is all contributable to human activity that works against natural laws.
As the demise of wild salmon has increased over the years, so too has the practice of industrial salmon farming. There can be no replacement for wild salmon, yet the salmon farming industry seeks to do just that. Prior to salmon farming there was no need to differentiate between farmed and wild; all salmon was wild as nature intended. The salmon farming industry claims to be sustainable, cautious and responsible, utilizing the precautionary principle. The only precautionary principle that works is to not introduce a ticking time bomb into wild salmon habitat and call it sustainable. As has been seen time and again by such promises of big industry, it has only ever been a matter of time before disaster strikes, leaving the environment to bear the brunt of industrial arrogance and greed.
The global expansion of salmon farming will potentially bring the final death blow to wild salmon stocks through unnatural practices that spread devastating diseases, parasites, toxins, chemicals and an insult so great to the cycle of life as to stupefy any sense of logic.
The reality of salmon farming is that it breaks every biological law and profits from the demise of wild salmon. While the industry claims to be feeding the growing population and relieving wild salmon stocks, it is actually doing the exact opposite; killing wild salmon stocks and poisoning those who consume it.
One of the first steps to eliminating the deceit of salmon farming is to eliminate all that contributes to the demise of wild salmon. Full circle, that means salmon farms must get out of the ocean and all salmon habitat be protected from the impacts of destructive industrial practices.
For the earth to survive, wild salmon must come first!
No Compromise in the Defense of Wild Salmon!
Cycle of Wild Salmon:
Approximately 137 species - from orcas to caddisflies - and an entire ecosystem depend on wild salmon for their survival, making the efforts to protect salmon and support their recovery of significant importance, more so than any other single species.
Get to know some of the species that depend on wild salmon:
Eagles - Osprey - Harlequin Duck - Black Bear - Grizzly Bear - Killer Whale - Wolves - Northern River Otter - Giant Salamanders - Red Throated Loon - Grebes - White Pelican - Cormorant - Merganser - Condor - Coyote - Sea Gulls - Hawks - Mallard Duck - Humpback Whale - Grey Whale - Mink Whale - Sperm Whale - Terns - Sea Lions - Bobcats - Shrew - Ancient Murrelet - Raccoon - Mink - Swallows - Seals - Vulture - Turtle - Dolphin - Wren - Heron - Egret - Swan - Garter Snake - Raven - Fox - Mountain Lion - Sandpiper - Killdeer - Falcon - Porpoise - Opossum - Crow & humans to name a few.
Download Salmon Nation "137 Species" poster at http://www.salmonnation.com/fish/images/137species_poster_web.pdf