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A Tiny Buddhist Kingdom Wrestles with River Conservation

By Greg I. Hamilton   |   Apr 11, 2017 April 11, 2017

There is something refreshingly uncluttered about the debate swirling around hydropower in Bhutan. India will finance the megadams through grants and loans, then pay Bhutan for the power the dams generate—supposedly providing revenue to the Bhutanese people for decades into the future. To a cash-poor country like Bhutan that’s a… Read More

Photo: Tavish Campbell

Lelu Island: We Can Win This One

By Dylan Tomine   |   Mar 31, 2017 March 31, 2017

Lelu Island and the adjacent underwater region known as Flora Bank lie at the mouth of the Skeena River, one of North America’s great salmon superhighways. Flora Bank contains the highest abundances (25 times more) of juvenile salmon compared with all other sampled habitat in the Skeena River estuary. It… Read More

Photo: Earl Harper

The Mongolian Pathway to Healthy Rivers

By Ross Purnell   |   Jan 3, 2017 January 3, 2017

There is an old Mongolian legend about a hard, long winter that trapped a massive, living taimen in the ice. Starving villagers survived the winter only by eating chunks of flesh hacked from the taimen’s back. In the spring, the ice melted, and the great taimen climbed up out of… Read More

Photo courtesy of Susitna River Coalition

The Super Salmon

By Ryan Peterson   |   Dec 20, 2016 December 20, 2016

“We stopped a dam the other day in Alaska, on the Susitna River. We gave a grant of twenty-five thousand dollars to a filmmaker who was making a film called The Super Salmon. The film comes out, the guy shows it around, and the governor, just like that, he… Read More

Photo: Brian Irwin

Curacao’s Big Oil and Big Tarpon

By Brian Irwin   |   Apr 18, 2016 April 18, 2016

“Fish, two o’clock,” shouted Norman Chumaceiro, my guide to tarpon on the idyllic island of Curacao, 40 miles off the coast of Venezuela. “Now they’re at nine! And six. They’re everywhere!” he exclaimed. If anyone could help me come tight on a tarpon it’s Chumaceiro, who, along with his friend… Read More

Photo: Matt Stoecker

Doubling Down on the Broken Promise of Fish Hatcheries

By Kurt Beardslee   |   Dec 12, 2016 December 12, 2016

You have to hand it to them. It was a wildly creative and successful bait and switch—perhaps the biggest con ever played on the once wild west. The terms were simple. The public would okay the construction of fish-killing dams and other habitat destroying activities. In exchange, the government would… Read More

Photo: Chris Gaggia

Lessons from a Simple Fly

By Yvon Chouinard   |   Aug 25, 2016 August 25, 2016

In the various outdoor pursuits and crafts that I’ve been involved in—from mountaineering and whitewater kayaking to spear fishing and tool making—the progression from novice to master has always been a journey from the complex to the simple. An illustrator becomes an artist when he can convey his message with… Read More

Photo: Håkan Stenlund

Blame It on the Trout

By Håkan Stenlund   |   Jun 9, 2016 June 9, 2016

At first light, a toucan comes flying over the patio and sits in an old tree in front of the house. The bird stares at me as I have my first sip of coffee. Then another toucan lands in the tree, followed by a whole flock. I get up and… Read More

Photo: Dylan Tomine

“Real Life” Science

By Dylan Tomine   |   Apr 8, 2016 April 8, 2016

Both of my kids love their science classes in school, and Skyla often mentions wanting to be a marine biologist when she grows up. So when the field biologists from the Wild Fish Conservancy invited us to participate in some beach-seine sampling, as part of their project to assess juvenile… Read More

Photo: Roland Dorozhani

Save the Blue Heart of Europe: The Balkan Rivers story

By Ulrich Eichelmann   |   Mar 14, 2016 March 14, 2016

The Balkan Peninsula in southeastern Europe is known for its Mediterranean beaches, past wars, corruption, ethnic conflicts and, to insiders, Slivovitz and ćevapi—the plum schnapps and traditional minced-meat dish of the region. Stories about the area are plentiful, but I want to tell you a different story—a story about beauty, diversity… Read More

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