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The Memory of Fish

Direc­tors: Sachi Cun­ning­ham and Jen­nifer Galvin

Win­ner of the Director’s Award for Cin­e­matog­ra­phy and sec­ond place for the Audi­ence Award at Woods Hole Film Fes­ti­val

 The salmon of Washington’s Elwha Riv­er sus­tained Dick Goin for the first half of his life.  He and his fam­i­ly had been nour­ished by these salmon since migrat­ing to the Olympic Penin­su­la dur­ing the Dust Bowl.  But since 1913, when a dam with­out any fish pas­sages was con­struct­ed across the riv­er, the salmon pop­u­la­tion had declined to less than 90% of its for­mer size.

Goin nev­er for­got his debt to the salmon, and spent the last half of his life fight­ing to bring these fish back to the riv­er.  A pulp mill work­er and mas­ter fish­er­man by trade, he drew on his mem­o­ries and per­sis­tence to bat­tle for the biggest dam removal project in U.S. his­to­ry.

The Mem­o­ry of Fish paints a doc­u­men­tary por­trait of the hero­ism of one man with a mis­sion: to bring the salmon home.

Released in 2016

54 min­utes

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