I really enjoyed your posts this week, and as usual I spent the morning with several cups of coffee reading, thinking, and trying to synthesize. A few things really struck me and I hope we can talk about it. First, there were many sentiments that suggest that as a society we have gone from “need to greed.” This is well reflected in Elias’s response to Payton’s post:
...commercial greed / capital gain is, undoubtedly what has brought us to where we are today, with the depletion of natural fish stocks, the curation of genetically modified fish- all of it. It really begs the question: When will corporations and the general public be satisfied? When will this all.. meet an end, so to speak?
Second, many people shared that a major loss if wild salmon disappeared would be the cultures and people that have co-evolved along side them for generations. Charli quoted Greenberg saying: “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.” – What do you make of this quote? What does it mean to you?
Third, I saw many people contrasting the western capitalist system that treats salmon as a commodity (with instrumental value, such as $) vs. an Indigenous world view that treats salmon much differently. I feel this was captured by Linnaea who quoted Greenberg : But unlike the Yupik Eskimo mentality, the Judeo- Christian mind is governed by a faith in improvement and transformation of the natural world
We have much to discuss and it sure seems that our relationship with our food is pretty darn complex and complicated.
After finishing the opening section on salmon in Four Fish it is time to do some reflecting. In your post of at least 250 words, share you thoughts on what the chapter suggested regarding our goals in managing salmon? What are our objectives? What would be lost if salmon in nature disappeared and salmon only existed as Salmo domesticus?
Are we working to just sustain food security the ability to fill our bellies, or something else as well?
Submit your comment by 11:59pm on Tuesday night and by Wednesday contribute to the discussion online by responding to at least 2 other posts.
Lots of fascinating conversations this week, and there is much for us to discuss. There were two emerging themes I heard: one was real concern about GMO animals for human consumption. Maya, in her post, sums this up by saying: “More than anything else I despise the idea of engineering animals of any kind just to continue to waste food. Human food waste is atrocious and the consumption has gotten to the point of intense greed. We need to stop consuming what we don’t have. Yes, we need to find a food solution. No, it should not in any way have to do with engineering animals for our liking. “
In contrast, others like Yvette felt that GMO is part of the solution towards confronting world hunger “In my opinion genetically made fish benefits the people since it gives the fishing experience they want while also feeding people and on the other side of the spectrum it gives the natural fish time to repopulate grow and rise in the fish stocks. “
Regardless, it seems we have a strange relationship with seafood rather than ‘land’ food. Linnaea, said as much when challenging her mother’s claims that they shouldn’t eat fish that were “raised in their own filth” but somehow cows, pigs, and chickens were ok.
Do we really NOT farm like we FISH? Let’s think critically
In the chapter on Salmon in Four Fish, Greenberg introduces us to AquaAdvantage salmon. In your own words, describe what AquaAdvantage salmon, produced by AquaBounty, are and respond to the following: do you believe that genetically modified organisms are part of the solution to feeding 7+ billion people on Earth, or part of the problem. Why?
Share your thoughts in at least 250 words in a comment to this post by 11:59 pm on Tuesday night. By 11:59 pm on Wednesday night, respond to at least two posts.
During Greenberg’s trip to the village of Emmonak at the mouth of the mighty Yukon River he saw first hand what it means to have a livelihood and culture tied to fish. In your own words describe Greenberg’s most profound (i.e. deep or important) observations and how the decline of Chinook salmon threatened a way of life. What other challenges to living in rural Alaska, besides the decline of salmon, did Greenberg observe?
Share your thoughts with us in your own post using at least 250 words by 11:59 pm on September 7. Respond to at least two posts with your comments by 11:59 pm September 8.
In the opening pages of Four Fish, the author Paul Greenberg describes his transformative event that sets him on his path to understanding the state of the world’s wild fisheries….
In a short post of at least 250 words, briefly describe what that event was for Greenberg, and share with us what drives you to learn (you are in university after all, so clearly you like to learn!) Have you had a similar life changing event that has sent you on your path? What is your motivation to keep going?
Post your answer by 11:59pm on August 31 and comment on at least two posts from your peers by 11:59pm September 1.
How healthy are global fish stocks? Ranked 1 to 10 (1 healthy, 10 is in peril)
-consider ‘health’ to be holistic and not just limited to abundance of the fish themselves
How do you know?
-consider what motivated your answer
What do you think? Share your thoughts and ideas with the class by 11:59 pm Wednesday August 25th, 2021. Use the comment feature on this post to respond (click the ‘leave a comment’ icon to get going).
We are counting down the last few days until we kick off the start of FISH 110. I am super excited to get to know you all and have a great term, despite all the uncertainty and anxiety floating around in the world today. This message serves as a welcome and to cover some important logistics.
Meeting Time: We will meet online via Zoom on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:45- 11:15 am, Alaska Time. The first class is Tuesday August 24, 2021. You can join the class live by following this LINK. I will also send the login info via an email to your @alaska.edu or preferred email address on file. Classes will be recorded and available for watching if you need to miss class, but it is expected that you will attend live unless you’ve communicated with me before hand. There are frequent in class activities that you don’t want to miss out on.
Course Schedule: Our class schedule is not written in stone and will be adapted based on the pace of the course and choices we make as a group along the way. The most up to date schedule is accessible HERE and is the default schedule for important dates and events. Please let me know if you find discrepancies or if you have questions.
Syllabus and Grading: We will go over details the first day, but the syllabus is available online HERE.