The Marine Community Library will host the Minnesota premiere of a film about the future of wild fish and the environment that supports them. 

On Thursday, May 30, library staff will host a free screening of “Artifishal,” a documentary produced by Patagonia about the fight to keep wild salmon from sliding toward extinction, at Marine Village Hall, located at 121 Judd Street in Marine on St. Croix.

It raises thought-provoking questions about the threats that may be posed by what were thought to be human solutions to declining fish populations — fish hatcheries and fish farms. The film explores the environmental, financial and cultural costs of society’s reliance on human-engineered solutions to salmon population decline.

Jim Maher, who serves on the Marine Community Library’s board, said he learned a lot about the management of fisheries from the documentary.

“I think it raises interesting issues just in general about how we’re raising fish populations,” Maher said. “There aren’t clear cut answers on one side of this issue or the other.”

For more information about the film or to watch the trailer, visit www.patagonia.com/artifishal.html.

Contact Kim Schneider at kim.schneider@ecm-inc.com

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