The History of the Decline of Wild Salmon

David Montgomery
The History of the Decline of Wild Salmon

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David Montgomery is a Professor of Geomorphology at the University of Washington and author of: King of Fish: The Thousand Year Run of Salmon. He discussed the power of wild salmon to alter streams, their incredible resilience to natural disasters and the history of the decimation of salmon runs in Europe and the Atlantic Coast of North America characterized by Four “H’s” including harvesting, habitat, hydropower and hatcheries. In part two, he continues his discussion of the history of salmon run decimation, focusing on the Pacific Northwest, including the one lone wild Redfish Lake Sockeye salmon who survived the run in 1992, the effect of dams on Native cultures, how hatcheries are not a solution to repopulating salmon runs and what can be done to co-exist with wild salmon runs.

length: 54 minutes #432
date aired: 8/22/04
website: NW River History

biography (from his website)

David R. Montgomery studies the evolution of topography and the influence of geomorphological processes on ecological systems and human societies. He received his B.S. in geology at Stanford University (1984) and his Ph.D. in geomorphology from UC Berkeley (1991). His published work includes studies of the evolution and near-extirpation of salmon, fluvial and hillslope processes in mountain drainage basins, the evolution of mountain ranges (Cascades, Andes, and Himalaya), and the analysis of digital topography. Current research includes field projects in the Philippines, eastern Tibet, and the Pacific Northwest of North America.