All posts by Shelby Thompson


My approach to studying is taking lots of notes during the slide lectures. I highlight the topics that he says will be discussed on the Exam, and make sure I study those more than anything else. I feel like I was semi prepared for the quiz, but could have definitely taken more detailed notes on the graphs that we are learning about. Overall though my study method consists of note taking, highlighting, and then turning my notes into Quiz Flash Cards. This way I can be my own study buddy by putting the questions on the front of the cards, with the answers on the back. Another thing that I have experimented with is asking my friends a question relating to the topic of the fisheries class. They give me an answer, and its normally wrong, and then I correct them. That has also been a big help when it comes to studying for me. I will probably use all of these techniques when it comes to the mid term also. Another method that is helpful is rewriting the notes over and over as many times as your brain can handle. That has also helped me tremendously. I feel like if you write something over and over it will stick more, than just writing it once. That reminds me of a time I got in trouble in grade school. If we got in trouble we had to write, ” I will never _____ again, I learned my lesson.” We had to write this sentence 100 times, and looking back it was a good teaching method because I never got in trouble again, and because the method actually stuck with me for life.

Salmo domesticus

Salmo Domesticus simply put is Domesticated Salmon. Domesticus is actually Latin for, ” Belonging to the house.” In other words belonging to the same house, but not being brought up the same way. In other words, ” Salmon Farming.”  Salmon farming started at an experimental stage in the 1960’s, and became an actual industry in Norway in the 1980’s. All in order to modify and create a system  to grow bigger fish, at a faster rate. Norway is considered to be the world’s largest producing salmon country, as far as fish farms go. It has extended not only to the United states, but also in Canada, Scotland, and Chile.

After reading about Salmo Domesticus I would only infer that it is indeed a curse, only because it threatens the native species in many ways, on top of our own species as humans. The Salmo Domesticus can outperform the native salmon for a short time, but in the long haul they don’t sustain the energy they need to travel up river. They threaten the native salmon once they escape and move into the local salmon runs. While millions of farmed salmon escape every year, they can bring disease which is detrimental to the native salmon. The fish farms benefit, while the native population loses. This is not only a threat to other salmon, but also us as consumers. The consumption of farmed salmon can also pose internal issues with humans from pollutants that can increase antibiotic resistance in our gut. Think about it. These people are making money off of these fish farms not only to kill off existing salmon, but they are also potentially killing us as well.

One of the quotes that stood out the most to me in this chapter was, ” We can farm the tigers of the sea, as long as we feed them hay.” -Rick Barrows at USDA.

My question for the USDA is, ” When did this even become okay? ”

And my rebuttal is, ” Once we do this though, What was once a predator, could potentially now be prey.” Prey meaning a less chance at survival. Take this analogy for example, ” You cannot take a wolves’ canine teeth and claws out, and expect it to live to it’s primal potential.” In theory, it is no longer a wolf. In turn, it is just a domesticated dog. The same concept applies to salmon.

FTT Yupik People

In this chapter, I think Greenberg meant that Yupik people were going in the same direction as the wild salmon. Parallel meaning that they are both interconnected, and that they both rely on each other.  As they also have an affect on each other, good and bad. Just like mammals, the Yupik people rely on salmon as a main food source as they have for 10,000 years. As Greenberg mentioned, ” Yearly stocking may become as imperative for their survival as food stamps are to the Yupik.” Meaning without any sort of outside management, the population of future wild salmon could vanish forever. I agree that there needs to be certain regulations in place, to prevent a mass irruption in the species. I agree to a certain extent, because like it says in the passage, “There is no real certain way  to test to see if we’ve gone too far. ” The only way would be to stop stocking Alaskan rivers, and then see what happens, but even that is detrimental. It is detrimental if the “wild” Alaskan runs disappear after we interfere by not stocking the rivers. I think Greenberg will learn a lot more as he goes into his investigation and does more research, but I think as far as where his head is at right now, that hes definitely not wrong. The Yupik people definitely pose a great impact on the Wild salmon, as salmon do in return. So, yes I would say that they are very parallel to each other, because the future is dependent upon them both.

The decline of wild salmon in Alaska’s Yukon is putting lives and native culture at risk

Fish Tank Thursday

  The experience that Greenburg had, was that a pond he had religiously fished at for years suddenly dried up on catch.  In the winter of 1978, a blizzard had came through hitting the southern part of Connecticut causing the temperatures to change. It was after that had happened, that he no longer was able to catch any fish in his pond. Although he wasn’t certain on whether or not it was due to the dramatic temperature change, or the copper sulfate.  All he knew is that there were no longer fish in that pond. I have not had a profound event like his that set me on a mission for knowledge, however I am intrigued as to how species can suddenly die off in a pond. I grew up on a farm my entire life, and we have always had fish in our pond for the past thirty years so I am intrigued as to how it hasn’t happened here yet.

  As far as the question goes about the health of world fisheries, I think Greenburg would have probably answered it negatively. Given his current situation, I think he would have indeed said that they are all in peril. It’s easy to think negatively, before actually getting into the research side of things. If I was in his shoes, I honestly would have thought the same.

  I think by the end of the book he will have become more optimistic,  for the future of fisheries. I feel like he will have had ample opportunity to have learned a lot more by the end of his journey, than what he started with.