Salmon and human relationships, a sociological side to science


Tim Clark inserts data logger into salmon before releasing the fish back into the wild. Photo: Jude Isabella.

Jude Isabella,┬á author of the soon to be released Salmon: A Scientific Memoir calls them Salmon Doctors, I call them scientists. Students and researchers experimenting┬ánear Weaver Creek are involved with indepth studies relating to salmon; Isabella’s memoir takes a close look a these┬ásalmon and human relationships. Excerpts from her writings┬á published in the Tyee┬á cover the intricacies of scientific study of salmon and the scientists’ different rationales:┬á some study the colour of the salmon and their food intake; others monitor heart rates and stress; some research the effects of storage basins used by fishermen post-catch; and others engage with temperatures of water and their effects on salmon. The various┬á studies, although different one from the next, share in their common goals: to create a greater understanding for salmon life and habitat, and the health of the generations that follow.

Read the two-part series published in the Tyee: Part 1 and Part 2

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