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Wild Salmon in Trouble

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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!



The whole time I was just waiting for a joke. Guess next tiem I should read authors comments before I watch a flash!



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Cavebird responds:

No, no joke, omegared. But I did try to get some supple humor into the film.


great informal vid you have done there because i am canadian this has influenced me alot on a educational scale i would like to see this small video being shown on the cbc or even on davis suzuki's nature of things you did a wonderfull job on a epic scale because im a hard person to be as a critique but you haved moved me in many ways then one so you also get a great respect from me kudos to you

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Cavebird responds:

It is very good to hear the film touched you, Zealotofzael!
Thank you for your respect.
Hmm, my film on The Nature of things... a pleasant thought.

Mmm education is tasty.

Hahah brilliant, oh and where the hell is Sammy Salmon !?!?

Cavebird responds:

Eh, I think Sammy is dead...
Thanks for the fun compliment, Nosophoros!

Fish = taste good :)

Vert interesting video

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Cavebird responds:

thanks for writing, harrykid32!

Educational and well animated.

This is good enough, that I think I might suggest this to my AP Environmental Science teacher as an example of how human industry can affect local wildlife populations, food webs, and ecosystems in general. Thank you for making this.

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Cavebird responds:

Thank you for you support, Darje!

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4.30 / 5.00

Nov 16, 2008
7:29 PM EST