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Salmo Domesticus is a species of farmed salmon that has evolved fromĀ  Atlantic Salmon to grow faster and to take less food to grow. The Salmo Domesticus was created by two Norwegian brothers named Sivert and Ove Grontvedt. They took young salmon from forty different water systems and the salmon breeders realized that if they breed species from those forty different water systems, that eventually they will have a species of salmon that takes less time to mature and requires less food to eat. I think that they are detrimental because because in the wild as much a nintey nine percent of wild salmon don’t live to adulthood and with these farmed salmon, there mortality rate is much lower and they are starting to overwhelm the wild fish populations. I think that instead of farming these fish we should put our efforts into repopulating the wild salmon. Because if wild salmon go extinct, then many indigenous people will have to change their way of life. Many indigenous people have created there way of life around these salmon and without that, it could end very badly. There is more than one viewpoint on this however, The farmed salmon could be very useful in the economy. With these farmed salmon, many people that could not have ever eaten salmon unless it was out of a can, could have fresh salmon regularly and salmon are a very healthy eating option providing plenty of Omega-3 fatty acids. So from one viewpoint, this is quite bad, and from the other, it is very benifical.

FTT 2

What Paul Greenburg meant by this statement is that without some sort of outside support that the Yupik People would not stay in the Yukon River Flood plain. I do agree with his statement. The Yupik people live in a sort of archipelago in southern Alaska and in most of the areas they reside in, you cannot access them by road. You have to travel to these remote areas by plane and then by boat. There are very few amounts of rural villages that have an area for a plane to land which makes traveling in these areas very expensive. Without the help of the government in aiding the Yupik people, they won’t have enough food and funds to support themselves. With the salmon runs decreasing in size, it is making it more and more difficult for the Yupik people to live off the once so abundant salmon. As stated near the end of the salmon chapter, if they could start the process of setting up an IMTA in the Yukon River, it could potentially start to recover the salmon population slowly. I know that it could raise controversy and many if not all of the Yupik people would be against it but, if the salmon stocks continue to decline at the rate that they are, an IMTA might be a very viable option in order to restore the salmon populations. But if they implemented these changes, it would be from and outside help so it would be really difficult for the Yupik people to revamp the salmon population without outside help.

Fish Tank Thursday

Paul Greenburg Lived near a fishing hole as a child and enjoyed fishing there. One winter, it was extremely cold and the upcoming spring he did not see or catch a fish in that fishing hole again. After following a stream that the pond was connected to he was met with a river but the landowners had constructed a fence so he could not fish it. This led to him acquiring a thirdhand boat and fishing in the harbor. He then left and stopped fishing until he was in his thirties and to his surprise, the once flourishing waters he had fished many years ago had become barren. This leads him to travel around to find out what happened to the fish.

I have not had any profound events that have lead me on a quest for knowledge.

I think Greenburg would have defiantly rated them a 1 because he would always have a surplus of fish that he would sell to teachers in his school parking lot. He also stated that fishermen would leave the area with buckets full of fish.

I believe Greenburg will be pessimistic by the end of the book. Over the years, Overfishing for certain species has lead us to catch and eat lesser quality fish because there aren’t enough let in one species to sustain our growing appetite of fish-eating.