Artifishal: The Fight to Save Wild Salmon

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
  • Library Hall
A film about the high cost of hatcheries, fish farms and human arrogance.

Artifishal is a film about wild rivers and wild fish that explores the high cost—ecological, financial and cultural—of our mistaken belief that engineered solutions can make up for habitat destruction. The film traces the impact of fish hatcheries, and the extraordinary amount of public money wasted on an industry that hinders wild fish recovery, pollutes our rivers and contributes to the problem it claims to solve. Artifishal also dives beneath the surface of the open-water fish farm controversy, as citizens work to stop the damage done to public waters and our remaining wild salmon.

Wild salmon and steelhead are in peril across their entire historic range. From Norway to Northern California, Artifishal guides us to wild places and introduces us to wild fish. Rivers with names like Klamath, Elwha and Skykomish were once home to now-unimaginable abundance, but today wild salmon and steelhead populations are at historic lows.

Get the facts.


Run Time: 

75 minutes
“ Humans have always thought of themselves as superior to nature and it’s got us into a lot of trouble. We think we can control nature; we can’t. ... A life without wild nature and a life without these great, iconic species is an impoverished life."
Yvon Chouinard, Patagonia founder & producer of Artifishal