By this point, you’ve heard a lot about the wild vs. farmed salmon debate. But now it’s time for wild salmon to really step into the limelight: They just got their own feature-length film focusing on their shocking rate of disappearance.
The Breach was made by filmmaker Mark Titus, who grew up fishing with his dad, worked at a salmon processing plant and later became an Alaskan fishing guide.
In the film, Titus speaks to fishermen, tribal leaders, scientists, policy makers, artists, authors and chefs, all in a quest to discover where the fish have gone (spoiler alert: it’s due to human hubris) and what might bring them (and their fragile ecosystem) back.
You can watch the movie now on multiple platforms including Amazon and iTunes ($4). After watching it, you’ll understand that by choosing to eat wild salmon, you are also choosing to save them. Don’t let us make you think it’s a downer—Titus celebrates the almost mythological nature of the fish and peppers the film with artistic animation, which makes for an engaging watch.
If buying salmon is a confusing, confounding process for you, order canned salmon through a reputable company like Vital Choice or sign up for a community supported fishery (CSF) like Iliamna Fish Co. a family-owned fish cooperative in Bristol Bay, Alaska that ships sashimi-grade wild sockeye salmon to your front door.