A Northwest tribe pooled money to fertilize the nearby ocean with iron sulfate. They hoped to boost plankton, giving wild salmon more to eat.
They succeeded in spades. The salmon catch quadrupled.
This year, the number of salmon caught in the northeast Pacific more than quadrupled, going from 50 million to 226 million. In the Fraser River, which only once before in history had a salmon run greater than 25 million fish (about 45 million in 2010), the number of salmon increased to 72 million.
I deeply respect the tribe’s initiative and self-help in the service of the common good and of their customs. This is how people should live. (more…)