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Wild Salmon in Trouble

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Nov 16, 2008 | 7:29 PM EST

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Watershed Watch produced this film to clarify why sea lice are a problem for wild salmon and to provide an overview of the salmon life cycle so the public can make informed decisions regarding the seafood they purchase.

Wild Salmon in Trouble' is illustrated from the perspective of migrating wild salmon before and after the advent of salmon farming. It highlights the fact that even low numbers of sea lice on individual farmed salmon can translate to large numbers of sea lice being released into the nursery grounds of wild salmon. It also emphasizes the fact that although sea lice are a natural part of ocean ecosystems, sea lice from salmon farms are unnatural and may cause serious problems for juvenile wild salmon.

The animation is based on published, peer-reviewed scientific research and foreshadows an unknown future for coastal ecosystems and communities if something isn't done to protect wild salmon from farm derived sea lice.

Wild Salmon in Trouble was produced in conjunction with the Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform and with additional support from the Patrick Hodgson Family Foundation.

I developed the film from a story by Trish Hall and Stan Proboszcz.
The two biologist were also constantly on hand to offer guidance, insight and clarification.
original music and narration performed by Earle Peach

One mistake I regret is making the film at 12 frames per second.
Hard to change to a higher frame rate ones you have 6 minutes of film.
The film was made with a small budget and I thought a lower frame rate would make it more manageable.

I know this is no blockbuster.
Thank you so much for your support by way of scoring and reviews.

Thanks to your generous scores and reviews, (and the good people in charge featuring it on the front page), this film is going from a good score toward a very good score.
Imagine a film like this doing well on newgrounds!

I want everybody to know, I am reading every review.(eagerly)

In answer to some of the issues raised:
The lice are more or less harmless to the adult fish. But they kill the little juvenile fish. Farm fish are raised in tanks on land so they are not affected.
But the fish farms full of grown up Atlantic salmon with lice are placed in waters were wild salmon are growing up. And there the little ones get invested.

At present the Fish farm owners can do whatever they please.
There needs to be some regulation, or self-regulation.

Mostly people don't even understand this issue so there is no public outcry, only nagging scientists. If this film helps people understand they will know what the scientists are complaining about. Some political measures (regulation) or change by the farmers may follow.

Thanks for caring, guys!



Rated 5 / 5 stars

Always an issue

The worlds ecosystem is always in danger, there isn't many that care these days about whats really going on. We'll see how life is when the majority of the ecosystem is destroyed due to peoples power and control over wanted/needed things in life, such as food, clothing etc. If only more then half the people in the world were like you & actually cared about the truly more important things in life that keep us alive. Honestly life today is horrible compared to the simplicity it use to be. Maybe someday the world will realize this when its to late to save it. Let us hope they realize it in time to save it. None the less this was a very nice flash, sorry for the ranting 10/10 5/5

Cavebird responds:

rant away this is the place for it


Rated 5 / 5 stars

got to me right there, you know?

I grew up in Washington state and in the winter we used to get a whole smoked salmon as a treat. when we moved to Florida, there really wasn't a market for fresh wild salmon. I mean when you go to the supermarket the package may say "wild caught" but when you cook it, you know it's farmed. the closest thing we have down here is steel head trout which are salmon that have gone upstream already and lost most of their body weight, which explains the $9/lb price-tag.

farmed salmon are very fatty, i mean giant white globs-o-fat oozing out as it cooks. they're also bland and tasteless with none of that strong salmon flavor. watching this movie just put the nail in the coffin for farmed salmon on my part. I never liked it but now i have a really good reason other than it tastes about as good as the bag i got it in. they may be cost effective but there is no substitute for real wild salmon.

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Cavebird responds:

You really know about this, augury! Thank you for sharing!


Rated 5 / 5 stars


Dang.. I never realized it... Hmm I don't want to eat farmed salmons...
yeah good thing you are doing this for salmons. They are really nutritious and taste good.

I liked the narrator's voice, by the way, he's very calm.

Cavebird responds:

Nutritious food is one good reason not to wreck our natural environment.
If the salmon runs die out, there will be nothing but farmed salmon.
Also without the wild salmon the whole ecosystem is degraded.
Thank you for writing, shline!


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Awesome movie

Very informative!

Cavebird responds:

Thank you, Kenzu!


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Dont get me wrong, great animation and direction.


He is more boring to listen to then david atembrough!

5/5 for effort and message.

Oh how i do love atlantic salmon fresh on my Australian table!

Cavebird responds:

I kinda like David Attenborough.
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