The Sockeye Monthly Post

Number Three: Oct. 2018



art, science, culture

Bears Prefer Salmon Over Turkey In Thanksgiving Day Test ...

Find out on page A-9).

Lead Story from The National Fishy Enquirer

In The News

Happenings & Media Events

News Headlines & Links

We continue to follow developments related to Pebble Mine in Alaska and Snake River dames in Washington and Idaho.


Pebble Mine ...


2014 Environmental Protection Agency imposed restrictions which essentially blocked large scale mine development in the Bristol Bay watersheds. Mining backer, Northern Dynasty Minerals sues. Case progresses slowly.


2017 (May) New Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announces that lawsuit has been settled, and he would move to abandon the Obama era restrictions. Mine developers continue with development plans.


2017 (December) The Pebble Partnership, representing Northern Dynasty Minerals submits first major permit application to US Army Corps of Engineers. This “kick starts” the Federal review and permitting process.


2018 (January) New EPA Chief announces EPA will return to earlier Obama era decision, mining development again on hold.


Here are some articles that provide more background on Pebble Mine.


The World Needs Copper. Does It Need This Controversial Mine

by Julia Rosen

National Geographic News, Nov. 15, 2017


EPA Reverses Course on Pebble Mine Project

by Timothy Piko

Wall Street Journal, October 30, 2018

Word Scramble

Rearrange the 12 letters below to see what the salmon are trying to tell us.



Three words, one is "THE"


See Solution

Snake River Dam Removal ...

Snake River Dam removal is receiving a closer look as the connection between orca survival and Chinook salmon and the fact that the Columbia River system is the largest producer of wild Chinook salmon. Here are some articles to better understand this important issue.


Save Our Wild Salmon (SOS, or continues to be a great source of information on this issue. Warming Columbia River water is becoming a serious concern, they did a series of “Hot Water Reports” over the summer, and will hopefully continue this next summer. And the SOS blogs are worth exploring.


Myths and Facts About the Lower Snake River Dam Removal


and, a related report on the progress being made with Klamath River dam removal is of interest


Here’s How the Largest Dam Removal Project in the US Would Work


Removing Snake River Dams is Bad for the Economy and Salmon

Seattle Times, July 2, 2016


Controversy Heats Up Over Removal of Lower Snake River Dams As Orcas Suffer Losses

by Lynda V. Mapes

Seattle Times, Sept. 22, 2018


Ruling Forces Discussion on Breaching Snake River Dams to Save Salmon

Oct. 2, 2016, Oregonian


Vital Connection: Orcas, Salmon and The Snake River Dams

by Sharon Grace


To Save Orcas, Removing Snake River Dams May Not Be the Answer

by Courtney Flatt

Oct. 4, 2018


Those of us who live in the Pacific Northwest kind of think that we are the only ones who celebrate salmon with all kinds of events. I was surprised to discover that “National Salmon Day” comes out of San Diego, and the “National Coho Salmon Festival” is celebrated in Michigan.


National Salmon Day (October 8)

Begun in 2014, promotes eating heart healthy salmon and businesses related to salmon fishing, packing and distribution, sponsored by, San Diego based.


National Coho Salmon Festival 2019

Honor, Michigan


Billy Frank Jr. Day, annual, March 9 (a day of action, sponsored by the Billy Frank Jr. Salmon Forever Fund). For information go to!events


Reviews & Commentary


Recommended Reading

"Burning Cascade Head"


Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and The Teachings of Plants

by Robin Wall Kimmerer

2013, Milkweed Editions


The publisher describes this book as follows:

“As a leading researcher in the field of biology, Robin Wall Kimmerer understands the delicate state of our world. But as an active member of the Potawatomi Nation, she senses and relates to the world through a way of knowing far older than any science. In Braiding Sweetgrass, she interweaves these two modes of awareness - the analytic and the emotional, the scientific and the cultural - to ultimately reveal a path toward healing the rift that grows between people and nature. The woven essays that construct this book bring people back into a conversation with all that is green and growing; a universe that never stopped speaking to us, even when we forgot how to listen”


While the entire book is worth reading, I was especially moved by the essay “Burning Cascade Head” (pp. 241 through 253). She is, more than anything, a storyteller, and this story resonates with people like me who live in salmon country.


The Breach

82 Minutes, 2015

Kino Lorber


How could I not love this movie? It is filled with some of my favorite action heroes, great imagery, a timely story ... and it is all about salmon.


Read Review


Number 1, June 2015

  • Pebble Mine 2014, Year In Review ... And Then There Were Lawyers
  • Local Catch: An Evening With Paul Greenberg On Sustainable Fisheries
  • Chuitna, More Than Salmon On the Line
  • Habitat Protection Benefits Japan’s Giant Taimen
  • Rain Gardens Could Make Runoff Safe for Salmon
  • The Largest Regional Sanctuary for Wild Salmon and Steelhead South of Canada
  • Salmon And The California Drought
  • Film Review: Return of the River
  • Book Review: Wolves In The Land of Salmon


Number 2, October 2015

  • More News About Dam Removals
  • Should You Let Your Pet Eat Salmon?
  • Does B.C.’s “Kuterra” Point The Way Towards The Future of Fish Farms?
  • Alaska Pebble Mine Project Update
  • Salmon For Coal & Alaska’s Fish First Policy ... an Update on the Chuitna
  • Film Review: The Surprise Salmon
  • Book Review: Cache: Creating Natural economies


NEWS SOURCES (These are the places we visit regularly to find some of the best news and information related to salmon).

  • Earthfix (an Oregon Public Broadcasting site)
  • The Nature Conservancey California (
  • The Huffington Post (Huff Post Green) (
  • Ecotrust (
  • Northwest Science (Journal of Northwest Scientific Association) (
  • The Salmon Center & Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group (
  • Salmon Safe
  • Wild Salmon Center
  • The Olympic Peninsula Environmental News
  • The Sightline Institute (
  • Raincoast Conservation Foundation (
  • United Fishermen of Alaska (