Power, creation, self-sacrifice...

The wild salmon of the Southern Kamchatka – ozernovskaya salmon – creates a paradise here. An unthinkable abundance of food for the birds and animals, and a source of surplus income for humans. It is an inexhaustible resource that feeds millions of people on the planet, renewed every year! Sockeye salmon, taking nothing in return, lets every other living thing flourish.

It's a natural wonder. But how long will it last? For how long will there still be paradise in Southern Kamchatka? One mistake could bring us to an unbelievable fact: we will be responsible for exhausting an inexhaustible resource!

“The film Sockeye Salmon. Red Fish is finished thirteen years after I first had the idea to tell the story of Kamchatka’s wild salmon. I first arrived in the Kamchatkan wildlife sanctuary in 2007, with plans to shoot this film. I soon learned that shooting in those conditions was impossible. The scale of poaching on Kurile Lake shocked me. Every night, poaching groups poached over 500 kilos of sockeye caviar! It was dangerous to be near the areas most rich in fish. With this new knowledge the idea to film a documentary about sockeye, right next to those who were illegally eradicating it, seemed overly bold. I had to put away the camera for a couple of years and join the task force that fought poaching. Today, thousands of tourists from all over the world visit Kuril Lake, poaching has finally become history, and the film about sockeye salmon has become a reality.”

  Dmitry Shpilenok

"Sockeye Salmon. Red Fish" poster

Sockeye Salmon. Red Fish is not a pretty story with a happy ending... It's a warning.

Poaching is not the only thing that threatens the consistent life cycle of wild salmon. The fish are threatened by construction of gas pipelines, dams, mines, as well as biased overestimation of the region’s safe fishing capacity. In Kamchatka and other regions of the world relying on fish, fish is the basis of all commerce, an inexhaustible source of income and great temptation! These sorts of places attract people and fuel their greed. There is a great risk that in their pursuit of profit everything will be irrevocably lost: fish and hundreds of other species, in addition to the utopian corners of our planet that they live in.
The film Sockeye Salmon. Red Fish is about the wild salmon of Kamchatka - but it is only one illustration of a worldwide problem. In the USA and Japan, schools of wild salmon are also under threat. Experience of restoring wild salmon in American, Japanese, and Canadian rivers has shown that expenses greatly surpass their results. The only way to save wild salmon is to stop their natural numbers from dwindling.