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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

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: Ben Moon

Free the Snake Flotilla Action!

By Patagonia   |   Oct 8, 2015 October 8, 2015

On Saturday October 3, 2015, over 300 people—fishermen, Native Americans, farmers, orca lovers, business owners, students, salmon advocates, kayakers, and conservationists—took to the lower Snake River in southeastern Washington, a short distance from the Lower Granite Dam. Together, this diverse group formed the “Free the Snake… Read More

Photo: Monika Wieland/Orca Watcher Photography

Save Money, Save Salmon, Save Mike: Free the Snake

By Steve Hawley   |   Aug 21, 2015 August 21, 2015

Meet Mike. He’s 21 years old, 20 feet long, weighs about 10,000 pounds. He speaks a language that was taught to him by his elders: a series of squeaks, clicks and squeals that allow him to coordinate hunting strategies with his clan. His species is the apex predator in… Read More

The Chase: a tiny film

The Chase: a tiny film

By RC Cone   |   Jul 24, 2015 July 24, 2015

Honestly, we went to Iceland to catch big fish. It was that simple. We wanted to bask in the late Arctic sun while bringing dreamy meter-long Atlantic salmon to hand. We wanted to drink whiskey afterwards, go to bed and do it again every day we could. What surprised… Read More

Above: Yvon Chouinard looks out over Englebright Dam back in 2011, Yuba River, California. Photo: Matt Stoecker

Wild Fish Don’t Ride in Trucks

By Yvon Chouinard and Matt Stoecker   |   Jul 23, 2015 July 23, 2015

This op-ed was originally published in the Sacramento Bee on July 23, 2015. On May 7, the Yuba Salmon Partnership Initiative (YSPI) shared a plan that would create the first “trap and haul” program of its kind in California. Trap and… Read More

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