Our friend Mark Titus, who directed the fantastic salmon documentary, The Breach, is planning a sequel, called The Wild. Titus needs funding to make the project work, and he shared the following message:
Are you outraged? Me too. Which is why I have to make The Wild.
The escape of hundreds of thousands of animals that are a foreign, invasive species in Puget Sound is nothing short of a calamity. This is the result of avarice over science and tens of thousands-of-years of adaptation versus less than one hundred of technological meddling for personal gain.
This disaster should be treated as a toxic spill and our state and federal government should issue a permanent moratorium on open-water-net-pen fish farms immediately. But they haven’t, and they won’t – because there is money to be made from Cooke Aquaculture, the Canadian company who owns the fish farms.
And money drives policy. And this is what we’re left with: The enticing prize of catching disfigured farm-animals pumped with steroids and colorants to make their grey flesh look “salmon colored.”
You mad, Bro?…
Do you want to express the rage you’re feeling? Make The Wild your voice.
I will be filming the aftermath of this disaster here in Puget Sound this week to capture the perspective of what a broken system looks like when all we’re left with to catch are fish that are “made” by human hands.
Meanwhile, Bristol Bay is still pristine and perfect without any human interference. This year, over 56 million WILD sockeye salmon returned to spawn in the headwaters they’ve returned to for millennia – without the aid of pesticides, steroids or colorants.
And right now, another Canadian company, Northern Dynasty is doing their best to convince the world the earthen dam that would hold their toxic lake back from salmon streams could never possibly breach – because they and they alone possess the human technology to insure that such a calamity would never occur.
Those whose mission is avarice won’t mind when the last great migration in the world has been wiped out. They’ll be long buried in a copper-lined casket. It’s their children and ours who will suffer. David James Duncan says this:
“I find the silence of salmonless rivers very hard to bear. So, as The Breach so beautifully suggests, let us find the loss unbearable, stand up together, and stop those who would steal away this great gift. This film shows us the way to keep the Gift coming.”
This suggestion will ring true and loud and long in The Wildas well.
I will not stop fighting for wild salmon. My goal today is the same it has been all along – to share their story with the world. It’s just that this Monday morning, I feel a massive sense of urgency. There are 7 days left to raise the money to do this.
I simply cannot do this without you. Join me and express what we are all feeling to the world. And maybe then, enough hearts will feel, eyes will see and ears will hear to save what’s left of the best, in Bristol Bay.
We have 7 days left. If you’re reading this and feeling the same thing I am, I invite you to join me in telling this story. If you’re able and willing, it will become your own.