Saving the Ocean
River of Kings, Part 1 (#106)
For millennia, the Nisqually Indians relied on Chinook salmon caught in the Nisqually River. Now the river's wild Chinook are extinct, and the tribe runs a hatchery to keep their fishery going. But an unusual coalition of tribal leaders, private partners and government agencies is working to restore the river from top to bottom, from its source in the glaciers of Mount Rainier to the estuary that empties into Puget Sound. Led by the Nisqually tribe, the restoration aims to fill the river once again with abundant, magnificent wild salmon. In the restoration, urban rain gardens filter runoff and augment river flow, new logjams deepen and cool its waters and farms returned to marshland provide new places for young salmon to shelter and grow. [26 minutes]
This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.
A birds-eye view of Mount Rainier and its glaciers. 03:32
Reefs off the east coast of Africa are teeming with breathtakingly beautiful marine life. 03:37
Men and boys from Pemba’s fishing villages free dive for octopuses. 04:29
Eels that resemble grass found all over the Caribbean sea floor. 01:56
A beautiful species of coral parasite found on Caribbean coral reefs. 01:57
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Series Description: Two thirds of the globe is ocean. And while most people are just starting to hear about problems with overfishing, pollution, coral reef troubles and other issues, a far-flung group of unsung heroes --marine biologists, fisheries scientists, and conservationists worldwide -- are already hard at work inventing, devising and implementing solutions. By focusing on those solutions, the series helps viewers understand both what the problems are and the vision forward.
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