The Breach

PRESENTED BY: Backbone Meaningful Movies on Vashon
6:00 PM, Tuesday, August 14, 2018 PST
Location: Vashon (click for map)

When fishing guide/filmmaker Mark Titus learns why wild salmon populations plummeted in his native Pacific Northwest, he embarks on a journey to discover where the fish have gone and what might bring them back. Along the way, Titus unravels a trail of human hubris, historical amnesia and potential tragedy looming in Alaska – all conspiring to end the most sustainable wild food left on the planet.

A riveting story of the journey of wild salmon and their precarious situation in the ecosystem of the American river system–specifically here in the Pacific Northwest. Wild salmon are icons in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, as well as a vital food source for the planet. We are uniquely connected to these ancient animals, yet resource-extraction booms and subsequent environmental busts over the last 150 years took a heavy toll on the once-teeming wild salmon runs throughout the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. With the Elwha Dam recently removed, an ancient salmon run is being restored, but is it enough? Covering more than dam removal, Titus’ insightful film looks deep into the British Columbia regulations of fish farms and the current legislative action around the Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska. With spectacular footage of salmon—from baby fry to spawning—Titus takes us on the powerful journey of the patron fish of the Northwest.

Special Guests: Mark Titus, Filmmaker and Eric Frith, Editor

Sponsors: Vashon Theatre Island GreenTech Backbone Campaign  

Release Year: 2014

Running Time: 85 minutes

Director: Mark Titus