The Salmon Who's Who
Note: Directory is a "work in progress". Entries are added with each website update. Names appear in alphabetical order. Recommendations welcome (go to comments page to submit).
Spencer B. BeeBe
Specer B. Beebe, trained in economics and forestry, has spent his professional life exploring ways to build healthy, vibrant and sustainable communities, whether they be of people or of salmon. He started out with The Nature Conservancy, moved on to establish Conservation International, and then returned to his native Portland, Oregon to launch Ecotrust. There his work goes well beyond traditional “environmental” protection, building cutting edge programs in local foods, forest investment funds, fisheries management, public awareness and education, historic building preservation and reuse, and even setting up the first community “environmental” bank. Much of this work has directly or indirectly benefited wild salmon populations. The story of his life’s work is eloquently told in his 2010 book, Cache: Creating Natural Economies.
Keywords: Salmon Nation, Ecotrust, The Nature Conservancy; Conservation International, Portland Oregon, Cache
This Seattle based award winning writer and photographer's work has appeared in National Geographic, Outside, Geo and numerous other publications. Her 1994 book and traveling exhibit, Reaching Home, Pacific Salmon Pacific People was a ten year effort and continues to be one of the most thoughtful and beautiful publications on salmon yet produced. She co-founded the Blue Earth Alliance, a non-profit foundation for helping photographers realize projects documenting stories in endangered environments and about threatened cultures. Her website has a tab labeled “salmon” with some of the most stunning salmon photography around.
Keywords: Photography, Writing, Organizations, Seattle
Billy Frank Jr.
Billy Frank Jr. was one of the leading activists in the fight for tribal fishing rights. He is credited with helping bring about the landmark 1974 Boldt decision where tribal fishing rights were reaffirmed,one half of the harvestable catch was allotted to them, tribes were to join in fisheries management, and population recovery and habitat restoration became priorities. His story is told in the book Where the Salmon Run, The Life and Legacy of Billy Frank Jr. (reviewed to the right). Go to the website salmondefense.org to learn about the Salmon Forever Fund established in his name.
Keywords: Boldt Decision, Native American fishing rights, Salmon Forever Fund, Where The Salmon Run
The bio on the back of Tom's book "The Blossoms Are Ghosts At The Wedding" describes him as an "Essayist, Poet, Sculptor and Ecological & Wild Salmon Visionary" His sculptures, many of which have a salmon theme are found throughout the Pacific Northwest. HIs essays appear in the excellent book Reaching Home. Pacific Salmon, Pacific People. He and his equally talented and earth-centered wife, Sara Mall Johani operate Lateral Line Studio in Chimacum Washington, where they work, teach, cast bronze and participate in salmon recovery with the North Olympic Salmon Coalition, an organization they helped form (originally Wild Olympic Salmon).
Keywords: Art, Sculpture, Writing, Organizations, Olympic Peninsula, Washington.
A fishery biologist, has worked on wild Pacific salmon issues as a researcher, manager and scientific advisor for 45 years. He is the author of two award-winning books: Salmon without Rivers: A history of the Pacific Salmon Crisis and Salmon, People and Place: A Biologist’s Search for Salmon Recovery. Much of his work has focused on the Columbia River system, serving for many years the Independent Scientific Advisory Board for the Columbia River restoration program. In 2015, he received the Life Time Achievement Award from the Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society.
Jim continues to be a strong advocate for change to the status quo in salmon management through his service on various advisory boards, consulting, publishing and maintaining the website salmonhistory.com. This website provides a much needed historical perspective on wild salmon as well as numerous recent articles by Jim and numerous other experts.
Keywords: Salmon History, Columbia River,
Sara Mall Johani
Sculptor, designer, photographer, graphic artist, jeweler and community “inter-connector”, she was one of founding members of Wild Olympic Salmon, a volunteer based organization focused on the northeast Olympic Peninsula area (WOS merged with North Olympic Salmon Coalition in 2005). Its work centered on restoring Chimacum Creek to chum salmon runs and promoting environmental awareness and community involvement in salmon recovery. Her leadership and creative energy were visible in the Soul Salmon project (businesses commissioning artists to finish 8 ft. three dimensional salmon cores to raise awareness and funds) watershed quest games, returning salmon festivals and the ever popular “Fin” the traveling salmon, a 25 ft. traveling walk-through chum salmon. Go to www.greenmuseum.org and search Sara Mall Johani for an insightful interview about the Soul Salmon project. She is married to Tom Jay, another sculptor who has also, in numerous ways, integrated salmon into his life and work.
Keywords: Soul Salmon, Wild Olympic Salmon, Chimacum Creek
Professor of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences at University of Washington Colege of the Environment, Seattle. He is one of the principle researchers for the UW Alaska Salmon Program, focusing on migration, homing,and evolution as well as the relationships between bears and salmon. His 2005 book The Behavior and Ecology of Pacific Salmon and Trout should be essential reading for any serious student of salmon.
Keywords: Research, Education, Writing, University of Washington
The “fin art of Ray Troll”... there is probably no other artist around with as plentiful and diverse an array of not just salmon, but “fishy” imagery. This should not be surprising for Ray has been at it for nearly 40 years. Ray is famous for his anatomically correct, drawn and painted fish and marine creatures, both living and extinct and his somewhat edgy sense of humor. Much of his art focuses on the human-fish relationship. He has supported myriad organizations and causes by donating his time and skill to creating compelling tee-shirts and posters. His website is a virtual visual feast, one you can get lost in since there is so much to look at. And, there always seems to be something new. He and his wife Michelle operate the Soho Gallery along historic Creek Street in Ketchikan, Alaska and an on-line business, making much of his work available in fine art prints, cards and clothing. At any gathering of salmon-minded people there is bound to be at least one person proudly wearing one of Ray Troll's distinctive shirts.
Keywords: Art, Art, Writing, Illustration, Gallery, Ketchikan