It's an amazing MCZ museum, I have learned new things everyday! There are many reasons to have a good museum around, scientific research has been the most important one, but over years, I have learned that people and the visitors are the central element in the museum. This place have presented the wonderful nature in a series of time frame. the more people appreciate about it, the more power we will going to have to preserve the wild.
every now and then we seems lost in those technical view of flyfishing... but really... bamboo, fiberglass, graphite, large arbor or whatsoever... it's all boil down to the essence of flyfishing... the river... the flow and the outdoors... it's like a river run through your life... let it come, let it go and if you will, capture a glimpse of the beautiful light when you encounter during the journey.
Fly casting is a great combination of art and science! seeing the line goes out effortlessly and wonder around the science behind the beautiful loop. I just love them all! working out some physics this morning and felt I am a competed angler now... : ) more physics please!!
Check the link out... we were doing some touring for the Nutuall Ornithological Club the other day
, and fortunate for us to ride with their fame. It's on the report of New York Times LINK so I guess I am officially famous now! : ) HA...
Salmon are more than just fish. The immense spawning runs that once filled rivers from Southern California to the Alaskan Arctic formed the lifeblood of coastal ecosystems, nature’s conduit for moving nutrients from the bountiful Pacific to the sterile interior. Ocean elements have been discovered thousands of miles inland, brought there by salmon, and carried deep into the forest and mountains in the bellies of bears, wolves and human beings.
Salmon’s former abundance created a thriving human population, with great centers of culture and trade springing up wherever people gathered for the harvest. To the original inhabitants of our coastlines, salmon meant life itself. And today, these fish still carry deep meaning. They are symbols of wild, clean water, a connection to the ancient rhythms of tide and season.
Wild Pacific salmon have fed us—in both body and spirit—for 10,000 years. We have always found comfort in knowing they will return from the sea next season, and the one after that. But unless we can change destructive practices within the salmon industry, their return grows more doubtful with each passing year.
All Salmon Are Not Created Equal
It’s getting tough to decide which seafood is okay to eat anymore, and salmon are no exception. While we know they taste great and come loaded with protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, there are serious problems within the salmon industry.
Industrial net-pen salmon farms, with their vast quantities of waste pollution, disease, parasites and chemicals exact a terrible toll on wild salmon populations. Fish produced in these ocean feedlots require dye-enhanced feed to make their gray flesh appear a more natural pinkish color. If that’s not unappealing enough, farmed salmon frequently contain antibiotics, concentrated PCBs and other chemicals.
Off the coast, wild salmon stocks mix and mingle all along their migration routes. Commercial fishers in the open ocean cannot truly know were the fish they are catching originated. While sustainable populations may be targeted, the actual harvest can—and often does—include fish from endangered stocks.
The large-river gillnet fisheries kill a majority of the fish they encounter, unable to discriminate between robust populations and those struggling for survival. In the Skeena River, for example, sockeye and pink salmon return in great abundance, but harvesting by gillnet means unacceptable numbers of coho and steelhead perish as by-catch.
Thankfully, there are still healthy, sustainable runs of wild salmon available. These are fish we can harvest, eat and enjoy; food that makes us feel good in more ways than one. We just have to know our fish and harvest selectively.
What Does A Clothing Company Know About Fish?
Strange as it might sound, our fish story starts with the cotton industry. In the early 90s, workers at some of our stores were getting sick when new shipments of cotton t-shirts arrived. Air quality analysis identified formaldehyde and other chemicals in the shirts as the culprit. It was suggested that better ventilation would end the problem, but that felt like ducking the real issue.
With a little research, we discovered that conventionally produced cotton is one of the most harmful industries on earth. It requires extensive use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and chemical defoliants, not to mention staggering amounts of chlorine bleach, toxic dyes and formaldehyde for processing.
Our immediate reaction was to simply stop using cotton in our products, but we realized a boycott wouldn’t change anything. The “bad” cotton would still be grown and processed, and somebody else would make clothes out of it.
The only solution, then, was to start working with select growers and processors to create an organic cotton supply for our products. By 1996, we had converted our entire sportswear line to 100% organically grown cotton. Sure, it cost more. But this decision kept thousands of pounds of toxic chemicals out of the environment, and our customers quickly discovered the new organic cotton products felt better and lasted longer. It’s been one of our greatest success stories.
Now we’d like to make the same kind of changes in the salmon industry.
Go To The Source
In order to succeed, we understand Patagonia Provisions salmon products must be the finest in the world. Period. To this end, we’ve teamed up with Harald Kossler, the legendary smokehouse guru of Terrace, B.C. Based on extensive testing—and the fact that we can’t stop eating Harald’s delicacies ourselves—we’re confident these are the most delicious, healthiest salmon products on the market.
To meet our higher goals, though, we needed to develop an entirely new sourcing system for our fish. Working with Skeena Wild, a Canadian fish conservation organization, we’ve identified sustainable, in-river fisheries that use tangle-tooth nets, beach seines and traditional First Nations fish wheels and dip nets. These selective-harvest techniques produce higher quality fish and, most importantly, allow non-target species to survive and spawn. Our sourcing process has also made Patagonia Provisions the first fish-industry business working in active partnership with conservation NGOs.
Our state-of-the-art fish processing plant in Northern British Columbia provides local employment and keeps the “value” in “value-added products” within the community. The all-metal, fully recyclable facility runs under spotless health standards and has achieved the top ISO 22000 certification. We are now working toward a zero-waste operation with complete repurposing of all fish byproducts.
The Future of Wild Salmon
The salmon industry today is a broken model. Too many endangered stocks are dwindling under the pressures of indiscriminate harvest and unsustainable fish-farming techniques. Something has to change. We believe a market-based solution is the best way to effect that change. Our goal, then, is to create a new model, one which demonstrates that adding value to selectively harvested salmon is not only possible, but good business. With your help, our success can create opportunities to reform current fisheries and protect the future of wild salmon.
What do we know about the fish business? Maybe just enough to change it for the better. Thank you for your support.
The Patagonia Mission Statement
Make the best product. Cause no unnecessary harm. Inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.
“Have A Snack, Save A Species”
Read the essay by Yvon Chouinard
Wild Salmon Jerky
LINK from Patagonia
I love marabou, it a feather material come from turkey butt, yes, the turkey we are going to eat on the Thanksgiving! Particularly, it come with endless wonderful dyed colors... why mess around with endangered species?! This marabou material is so good and so cheap, they catch as many fish as you wish, in addition, they are soooo easy to cast!! : )
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One of my favorite artists! Degas is in Boston now!! check out the MFA website for the detail.http://www.mfa.org/
last time I saw his work was in Paris, 8 years ago. A really stunning, amazing work!! You will feel the power when you standing in front of it!! The show will last until Feb.
october in rhode island is like visiting a local vegetable shop; is receiving a love letter and chocolate from the dear mom; is like walking under the sea wind; is like enjoying the sunshine morning with friends..is living in a wonderful moment.
Spent a wonderful weekend with a good friend Paul! What a wonderful family and life style! It really inspire me how a life could be so wonderful and peaceful! We spent a lot of time chat with different topics, dogs, garden, food, house, careers, family and fishing of course. : ) What an inspiring life style we have shared! So many beautiful things around us, full of appreciations and full of delightful experience! I have to agree New England is such a wonderful place! Thank you Paul and Isabelle for showing me those wonderful and peaceful elements!
Joan Wulff has mentioned this 5 stage evolution in fly fisherman... 1. want to catch a fish. 2. want to catch as many fish as possible. 3. want to catch a big fish. 4. want to catch a fish in the way you wanted. 5. want to be there and fishing. I think I finally sure, the stage 4-5 is what I am now... I had such a great time just watch my friends execute a fishing task. It is like watch a opera play, tension, delicate and with unknown elements in the air, I enjoy every moment of it!
If I only can choose "one rod" for trout fishing,with unlimited budget, what rod I would get? the Kabuto 8053 - 5 weight 8 feet. LINK. This rod is amazing! period. Its delicate enough for close range presentation, yet, punch through the wind like no body's business. Streamer fishing, you bet. The rod is medium, full bend action, relative strong tip, it remind me the G-Loomis GLX Dredger 12'9 6/7 spey rod a lot. also full bend and good feel of the rod load. When asked, the Kabuto rod can really drive the line into "wedge" loop and punch the line and big fly into gusting wind. Me, BG and Griz all love this rod. And just a note to you, we are not purists... we are just a bunch of fish dudes, we can be careless about what materials it is made from, we only care about fishing ability and the fishing feel... Kabuto rod, get 11 points out of 1-10 scale! The extra point dedicate to the artistic craftsmanship and the "Jedi" energy. "
I am a biologist grew up with a fishing rod in my hands. I have been fortunate enough to embrace my love of art and science in my career. Most of my free time were well spent in the nature, either studying bird behavior or chasing variety of fish with fly rods. My favorite art medium is watercolors, I love the natural and spontaneous feel created by watercolor pigments. I am currently a post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard University. Welcome to my website. Mark