Sea Grant Releases New Video on Salmon Restoration
Announcing a new half-hour video from Oregon Sea Grant chronicling the decline of Northwest salmon stocks and people's efforts to reverse that decline. The Return of the Salmon: Restoring the Fish to Rivers and Watersheds is designed to help viewers understand the complex environmental, economic and social factors involved in the salmon crisis. Using rare black-and-white photographs and historic film footage, the video traces how habitat damage, overfishing, unfavorable ocean conditions and other factors helped push the salmon to the brink. It then looks at how individuals, groups and communities are working to reverse that decline through on-the-ground watershed restoration projects in Oregon, Washington and Northern California. Jan Morrison, executive director of the Mattole Restoration Council, says the video "accomplishes the goal of being an educational film about the role landowners can play in restoring salmon habitat. It is also a beautiful piece of work." John Mellott, adminstrator of the Oregon Department of Agriculture calls it "a wonderful video ... presented in a way that people of any age and natural resource background can understand." The video features candid interviews with a spectrum of knowledgeable Northwesterners, including a conservation leader, a fishing industry spokesman and an Indian businessman. Among those featured is OSU fisheries professor Stan Gregory, who explains what watersheds are and how salmon fit into them. The video was written and produced by Joseph Cone, Oregon Sea Grant Communications director and author of a highly acclaimed 1995 book on the salmon crisis, "A Common Fate: Endangered Salmon and the People of the Pacific Northwest." The Return of the Salmon is available on VHS. Individual copies are $30; bulk discounts are available. The video may be ordered from Oregon Sea Grant's toll-free number, 1-800- 375-9360, or by sending a check to:
Videotape Orders Oregon Sea Grant Communications
ADS 402 Oregon State University
Corvallis OR 97331
Orders may also be placed by email to:
Information about the videotape and other Oregon Sea Grant projects can also be found on the World Wide Web.