The last two years haven't been good ones for Alaska's chinook, more commonly known as king, salmon. Returns in some drainages hit all time lows. Alaskan officials have resorted to placing stringent limits on king fishing on rivers throughout the state, including some of Alaska's most famous waterways. The list of possible reasons are myriad and include everything from over harvesting at sea to habitat degradation near the sure to natural variation in the stocks of salmon. These salmon are an integral part of not only Alaska's economy but its culture and heritage. Chinook returns of the last two years have left many concerned, even angry, and looking for answers.
A new film, titled Long Live the King, looks to share the story of the king with anglers and other viewers around the world. According to the filmmakers, Fly Out Media, "Long Live the King celebrates the great homecoming of salmon to the Last Frontier, while promoting a re-energized culture of sustainability among salmon fishermen and women worldwide. Through inspiring imagery, explosive fishing, emotional testimony and a tone of sustainability, respect, and stewardship, the film breathes new life into the hearts of anglers. One goal of this film is to boost the grassroots efforts of our conservation partners to defend the land, waters, cultural heritage, and invaluable resources of Alaska, including the mighty King Salmon of the Last Frontier."
A trailer of Long Live the King is available now. The trailer features some impressive footage and excellent production quality and gives an overview of the issue at hand and the film's purpose. Be sure to check it out below. The film is planned for full release in January 2014.