Compare the use and efficiency of scaffolding and long-handled dip nets by native fishers to the use of fish wheels, traps, and ocean-going vessels.
Review references to fishing as being in my blood, to being hooked, to never being able to get it out of your blood. What makes fishing such a compelling enterprise? What is your view of work? What are you enthusiastic about?
Barry Fisher's quote "it's a dirty, hard, dangerous job ... it's addictive"
Use a map to measure the distance required for fish originating in the Snake River watershed to return from the mouth of the Columbia to the streams where they were spawned. Distinguish between a Snake River fish and a fish destined for the Deschutes River.
Consider the concept of storage as it pertains to canning salmon, as well as to the great number of foods we can, dry, and otherwise preserve today. How would our lives be different were it not for these methods? How has this capability affected our expectations? Culture? The resources harvested?
Distinguish between threatened and endangered species2.
Reflect on values that can be learned from the fishing lifestyle. Consider, for example, patience, risk-taking, gumption, flexibility, adaptability, and optimism. Are there particular values that you want to enhance in your life?
Mike Rutherford's quote about the thrill of fishing
Locate some of the obstructions, e.g., Grand Coulee Dam and Hells Canyon Dam, to fish passage in the Columbia River Basin, and the areas to which salmon no longer have access.
Describe the advantages of raising salmon in fish farms (e.g., reduced cost, year-round availability). How do these fish differ from wild Pacific salmon?
Brainstorm ways in which you would go about developing a niche market for wild chinook.
Track the ways in which fishers adapt to changing fisheries and markets. How do you adapt to change?
Contrast the solitary lifestyle of the lone fisher today with the group lifestyle on large boats, where the only time a person is alone is when you go to your bunk or go to take a shower. What other differences exist between small and large operations?
Create a collage from magazines and drawings of your view of fishers and fishing operations. Does your view differ now from what it was prior to watching the program? If so, in what ways?
Map of teacher's on-line resource.
Programs, exhibits and special sites with information and education materials about agriculture in Oregon.
Fishing and the Making of Oregon
Extensions to student activities on the history of fishing in Oregon.
Map of historical and current locations important to fishing in Oregon.