An e360 Video Contest Award Winner
An Up-Close View of Bristol Bay’s
Astonishing Sockeye Salmon Runs
Each year, in the largest salmon run in the world, an estimated 30 million sockeye salmon migrate into the rivers and lakes of Bristol Bay in southwest Alaska. Their numbers have not always been as abundant, and in 1946, when the sockeye run underwent dramatic decline, the University of Washington
began a study of the bay’s salmon that continues to this day.
In this video — the first runner-up in the 2015 Yale Environment 360 Video Contest — videographer Jason Ching captures stunning images of these rich salmon runs as he reports from Bristol Bay on the University of Washington’s Alaska Salmon Research Program, one of the world’s most exhaustive and longest-running fisheries studies. From counting, weighing, and measuring salmon to studying inner-ear bones that reveal the age and number of years a sockeye has been at sea, the scientists are continuing to build an invaluable data base. Ching’s video shows the exquisite beauty of these fish and their remarkable migrations.
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17 September 2015
About the contest: “Alaska Salmon Program” is a runner-up in the 2015 Yale Environment 360 Video Contest. Entries were received from six continents, with a prize of $2,000 going to the first-place winner. Below are the other winning videos.
Watch the first-place winner, “Battle Over Bowers Wind”
Watch the second runner-up, “Ndzou Camp”
ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
For the past eight years, Jason Ching
has spent his summers working in remote field camps in Southwest Alaska as a research scientist for the Alaska Salmon Program. He spent much of his spare time behind a camera documenting the environment, wildlife, and research activities. Through his photography and videography, Ching aims to promote a better understanding of ecological processes, foster appreciation for natural resources, and bring recognition to environmental conservation efforts.
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Bitter Wind: A Town Divided Over
A Controversial Maine Wind Farm
The winning entry in the 2015 Yale Environment 360 Video Contest explores the competing economic interests and sharply divergent worldviews that emerge over plans to erect wind turbines on a scenic ridgeline in Maine. Videographer Roger Smith captures both sides of a debate that divides a rural New England community.
How One African Village Learned
To Live with Its Wildlife and Prosper
The second runner-up in the Yale Environment 360 Video Contest tells the story of the residents of a forest village in central Mozambique who have helped create a tourist destination centered on an elephant population that once wreaked havoc in their community.
Badru’s Story: Inside
Africa’s Impenetrable Forest
“Badru’s Story,” which documents the work of researchers in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, is the first-place winner of the 2014 Yale Environment 360 Video Contest. Filmmakers Benjamin Drummond and Sara Joy Steele trek along with scientist Badru Mugerwa and his team as they monitor the impact of climate change on one of Africa’s most diverse forests and its extraordinary wildlife.
A Red Dirt Town: A Legacy
Of Toxic Water Pollution
The second-place winner of the 2014 Yale Environment 360 Video Contest examines the legacy of pollution in Anniston, Alabama, the former home of a Monsanto chemical factory. The video tells the story of how PCBs from the Monsanto plant contaminated the town’s waterways and continue to taint the fish that are popular with local anglers.
Peak to Peak: An Intimate Look at
The Bighorn Sheep of the Rockies
The third-place winner of the 2014 Yale Environment 360 Video Contest focuses on a herd of bighorn sheep in Montana and features remarkable scenes of lambs as they gambol along the slopes of the northern Rockies. Produced by Jeremy Roberts, the video follows a field biologist as he monitors the sheep and talks about the possible impact of climate change on the animals’ future.
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