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Tippets: Gyotaku Fish Prints, Lessons from Bristol Bay, Christmas Tree Habitat, Power Plan Impacts Salmon

Posted on December 30 2015

  • A traditional Japanese method of painting called gyotaku uses the bodies of fish to imprint on canvas. Artist Heather Fortner uses her work with the technique to “remind people that fish are a limited resource that’s being depleted rapidly from overfishing.” Via My Modern Met.
  • The University of Washington’s Alaska Salmon Program is the longest ongoing salmon research to date, and has revealed wide-ranging truth: “The sheer complexity of inter-related species and habitat is essential for an ecosystem’s health, particularly for resilience to stresses like climate change.” Read more on lessons we can learn from the salmon runs of Alaska’s Bristol Bay, via High Country News.
  • After the holiday season, used Christmas trees can make great fish habitat. They make quality underwater structures and “are easy to place in the ponds and lakes, and they last for several years,” says the U.S. Forest Service. Via Discovery.
  • The Pacific Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Power Plan fails to take a complete look at hydropower’s impact on fish, say the NRDC, Save Our Wild Salmon, and the Northwest Energy Council. Read more about salmon, orcas, and energy development, via Switchboard.

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