All posts by Rheannon Williams

FTT 4 9/29

When approaching this quiz, I decided to study by going through my notes again and re-watching the classes posted online. I went through my notebook that has key points that I think are important. If I didn’t remember or fully understand my notes on this concept, I went back to find it in the classes that were posted online to hear it explained and discussed again. This worked pretty well in my opinion. I went through definitions I had written down and I definitely struggled with the concepts from class that I tried to relay in my notes.

In the future, I’m going to try and make sure that my notes are clearer. A lot of the things I wrote down made sense when we were talking in class but didn’t relay the idea well when it wasn’t fresh in my mind. Due to this, I definitely struggled a bit with the questions on the quiz. However, in the future I’m going to attempt to give my notes more context about what the scenarios are that we are dealing with, and better explain the solutions or answers my classmates give. I also am going to label which notes came from which lecture, which should make it easier to find the class discussion about the topic I am confused about. Ultimately, I plan to make my studying more efficient by being able to spend less time with searching for the concepts I don’t understand in the recordings, and more time with actually understanding the concepts I have to revisit.


I think Salmo Domesticus means salmon that are no longer wild in any way. The salmo domesticus in the way that Greenberg described it is, I believe, salmon that are genetically altered, grown, and farmed, all with the intent to meet the demand for salmon. The AquaAdvantage Salmon that is genetically modified and created for no other reason that to provide for the fishery. The salmo domesticus are fish who are genetically changed for some reason. They grow faster and require less food. Changes that lower the cost of raising the fish and elevate the qualities desired in order to achieve the best productivity from the fish.  I believe we are on the way to having salmo domesticus in the lower fort- eight with the hatcheries that provide for the fisheries in rivers where the wild fish don’t or can’t populate. The hatcheries needing to supplement the fisheries were the first steps towards salmo domesticus. Over the years as we bred the salmon for the traits, we desired it’s gotten closer to the end game of salmo domesticus.

I think the salmo domesticus have pros and cons. They help us take the pressure of wild fisheries by making them more efficient and turn out fish faster. However, I worry that with it people will turn a blind eye to the wild salmon that aren’t genetically altered, and if those numbers drop the public won’t notice. It’s also possible that the public won’t care since the needs of the consumers would be met.


I think that when Greenberg says the future of the wild salmon and the future of the Yupik people are sadly paralleled, he means that the Yupik and the wild salmon have situations that have both populations traveling down similar paths. Wild salmon were overfished to the point that the government stepped in to help sustain the population, to regulate and make sure that they wouldn’t die out. I think the Yupik people struggle similarly with the trauma they have been through in the past with non-natives and the government, as well as the changes in the world that interfere with their culture and way of survival. The government has now stepped in to offer grants and assistance to help the Yupik preserve themselves and their culture.

I also believe that the Yupik people will lose much of their culture and way of life if the wild salmon disappears. I agree with my classmates that with the Yupik’s way of life their fates are intertwined with the wild salmon as well. So much would be lost if the wild salmon were gone. There’s so much of their culture that depends on the subsistence from the wild salmon, while their very survival may not rely solely on wild salmon during the winter any more due to current day luxuries, I believe if they were to lose that connection with their past and their culture it would be the start of the death of a beautiful way of life.

I think Greenberg may have been trying to say that without preservation efforts of the Yupik way of life, as well as the wild salmon population, both may become lost to us all for good.

Fish Tank Thursday 1

Greenberg’s pond gave him a firsthand view of a wild source of food, and how easily it can be wiped out. When he fished in the pond as a child, he had the ability to catch his own food in a little place he claimed as his. When the largemouth bass in his pond all died, he moved his hunting grounds to a more fruitful place out in the sea. He’d be dropped off at the marina, and he would take his boat out to fish. He learned how to track where various species were, and what to fish for depending on the time of year.

I have grown up with fisheries being a part of my life. When I was very young my father was a guide to take people out to fish for Reds and King salmon. Some of my earliest memories are by a river or in a boat, and the smell of fish is a constant. As I’ve grown older my interest in the marine sciences have grown, and my curiosity has extended towards the ocean waters as well.

I think that at this point in the book he would say the world fisheries were at a 7. I believe it to be that high because of his excellent point that humans as a whole have been living in psychological denial. He wonders if humans can even stop themselves from eradicating the wild majority. That skepticism is what makes me believe that he would have a higher number.

As the book goes on, I think his outlook may become a little more optimistic, lighten up to a 5 perhaps. However, truthfully, I don’t know how his outlook will end up.