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Forum Topic Due Sept 22 by 11:59 pm

In the Salmon chapter of Four Fish, Paul Greenberg introduces us to Salmo domesticus. In approximately 250 words, make sure you describe what Salmo domesticus is, and briefly your understanding of how it has come to be (i.e. evolved). Finish your post on your thoughts about whether you think species like Salmo domesticus are a blessing or curse (i.e. are beneficial or detrimental. Make sure to think about who benefits or loses)

By 11:59 pm on September 23, be sure to have posted comments on at least two other of your fellow student’s posts.

We will discuss about this topic on Thursday.


Great scholarship opportunity

2021 Molly Ahlgren Scholarship Application

The Alaska Chapter of the American Fisheries Society is pleased to announce the 2021 Molly Ahlgren Scholarship. There is $5,000 available to be awarded as either one or two Scholarships which will be determined by the qualifications of the applicants. The maximum Scholarship amount would be $5,000 with the minimum amount being $2,000. The Scholarship will be provided for the 2021 Spring semester to qualifying undergraduate students pursuing a baccalaureate degree in fisheries, aquatic, or biological science at the University of Alaska System (UA) or Alaska Pacific University (APU). Only junior level undergraduate students will be considered based on accumulation of credits as determined by UA or APU academic criteria and in good academic standing with UA or APU. All travel and meeting registration expenses will be paid for by the Alaska Chapter to attend the annual Alaska Chapter Conference in Homer, Alaska from 2225 March 2021 <> (contingent on SARS-CoV-2 health and safety thresholds). The firm submission deadline (receive by date) for the application is 5:00 p.m. Alaska Time, Friday, 13 November 2020. 

2021 Molly Ahlgren Scholarship Application


Ray Hander

Molly Ahlgren Scholarship Committee, Chairperson

Ray Hander

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Fairbanks Fish & Wildlife Conservation Office
101 12th Ave., Room 110
Fairbanks, AK 99701
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Fax – 907.456-0454

FTT post due September 15 by 11:59pm

In the chapter on Salmon, the author Paul Greenberg writes “I couldn’t help but think that in a way the future of wild salmon and the future of the Yupik people were somehow sadly parallel to each other.

In a post of at least 250 words, discuss what you think Greenberg meant in this passage. Do you agree? Why or why not? 

By 11:59 pm on Wednesday September 16, comment on at least two posts by your fellow students to set the stage for our in-class discussion.  I think it is going to be a good one!



Readings for Tuesday


Thank you for a wonderful discussion today, the first of what I hope is many great dialogues.  My desire to do this Tuesday is part of a larger movement by professors across North America.Learn more

Image of my friend Ben Stevens in his smokehouse during 2017

For Tuesday, please come prepared to pick up where we left off in our discussion and I ask you read the following articles (in addition to the Scientific American article about why Malthus is still wrong)

  3. Case study (I am a Criminal)

First Fish Tank Thursday Discussion Question

Please respond to this prompt by composing your own POST (details below).  Your response should be at least 250 words, use complete and correct punctuation, and is written to express your opinions as clearly as possible.

In the opening pages of Four Fish, Paul Greenberg has a personal experience on a favorite child-hood pond that sets him on to a journey to learn about fisheries.  What was this experience for Greenberg and have you had a similar profound event that sent you on a mission for knowledge? At this point of the book, how do you think Greenberg would have answered our question about the health of world fisheries? By the end of the book do you think he will have become more optimistic or pessimistic compared to how he started? 

How to create your Post

  1. Login into the fish 110 website as usual
  2. To create a post, select Post from the WP Admin dashboard and choose Add New.
  3. Type or paste text in the content window and style it with the options available on the toolbar.
  4. Add Images, video, and links to support your ideas (optional)
  5. Click Publish to make the post live and accessible.

Still looking for Four Fish?

I just downloaded really easily an electronic version from Google Play.

PLUS…there are TWO copies sitting outside my office at 204 Arctic Health Research Building available to the first folks to pick them up for loan. Please email me if you are borrowing one of the copies. I also put the book on reserve at the Rasmuson library