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Film showing of 'Salmon: Running the Gauntlet' is set Oct. 13 at the Idaho Museum of Natural History

September 29, 2016

POCATELLO – The Idaho Museum of Natural History at Idaho State University will show a PBS film “Salmon: Running the Gauntlet” from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 13.

The film, which is free to attend, investigates the parallel stories of collapsing Pacific salmon populations and how biologists and engineers have become instruments in audacious experiments to replicate every stage of the fish’s life cycle. The film contends that each of managers’ desperate efforts to save salmon has involved replacing their natural cycle of reproduction and death with a radically manipulated life history.

Once great runs of salmon are now conceived in laboratories, raised in tanks, driven in trucks and farmed in pens. The film goes beyond the ongoing debate over how to save an endangered species. In its exposure of a wildly creative, hopelessly complex and stunningly expensive approach to managing salmon, the film reveals one of the most ambitious plans ever conceived for taking the reins of the planet.

The gallery will be open until 6:30 p.m. and will be free to those who attend the screening. This event is funded by the Idaho Humanities Council.

For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1099664666797235/ or contact Amber Tews, museum anthropology collections manager, at tewsamb2@isu.edu 282-2451.