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The Lost Salmon

Shane Anderson, Director

Can a new genetic discovery save the king of salmon before it’s too late? The Lost Salmon focuses on the plight of spring chinook salmon, their relationship to people and place, and a possible way to save them before they are lost forever.

Of all the Pacific Salmon, the spring run of chinook is the most revered. As the first salmon to arrive home annually, they have been the sacrament and cornerstone for the oldest civilizations in North America and the keystone of northwest ecosystems. Once occupying the most extensive range in the contiguous United States, many genetically unique populations have already been extirpated and what remains is at risk of extinction. Filmmaker Shane Anderson set out on a two-year journey across Washington, Oregon, California, and Idaho to document some of the last genuinely wild “springers,” the historical and ongoing causes of their declining numbers, and their profound relationship to the people and place. Along the way, he tells the story of a recent scientific breakthrough that provides crucial new insights into salmon genetics. This could offer a path to help save the king of salmon before they are lost forever.

Released in 2022

Running time: 59 minutes

FHFF Film Category: Things to Consider

FHFF Film Sponsor: Center for Whale Research


Friday, October 21 - 7:00 PM

Sunday, October 23, 10:00 AM


A Q&A with Director Shane Anderson will begin directly following each screening.

ONLINE SCREENINGS: On-Demand October 24 - 30 on with a recorded Q&A from the in-theatre screening.

photo: a film frame from THE LOST SALMON


Director Shane Anderson

Shane Anderson is an award winning documentary filmmaker based out of Olympia, Washington. In addition to owning North Fork Studios, Shane also works as the director of storytelling for Pacific Rivers, a river conservation organization based out of Portland, Oregon.

Shane is a former professional downhill skier and his interest in film began in 1998; he worked in the film and television industry in Los Angeles for eight years before studying fisheries biology at Humboldt State University where he decided to merge his love of the outdoors and conservation with visual storytelling.

In 2014 he completed his first feature documentary feature Wild Reverence and has since produced Behind The Emerald Curtain, A River’s Last Chance, Run Wild Run Free, and Chehalis: A Watershed Moment that have all aired on PBS stations across the country. His most recent film, The Lost Salmon, is showing at Friday Harbor Film Festival.


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