Producer:  Melissa Young

Co-directors:  Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young

Assistant Director:  Tracey Jack

Photography/editing:  Mark Dworkin

Underwater photography:  Twyla Roscovich

Narration:  Shelley Hartle

Music: Taj Mahal, Lila Downs, Shadowfax, Tom Hoeflich, Tom Hoeflich, Chamal, and Jim Alexander

© 2013

Moving Images


Net Loss

 The Storm Over Salmon Farming

52-minute - PBS broadcast nationwide 2004

Free Speech TV - 2005

Text Box: "Net Loss probes one of the most important and cautionary tales for the future relationship between humanity and the sea.  We need to think long and hard about this film."  

- Carl Safina, President Blue Ocean Institute

All over the world, fish are at the heart of people's diet and culture.  But habitat loss and poor fisheries management have threatened many wild salmon runs.  Now some companies are raising salmon in giant underwater net pens, promising more fish for people to eat and less pressure on wild salmon.  Yet there are serious negative impacts from salmon aquaculture on a favorite food, our marine environment, and coastal communities. 


Filmed in British Columbia, Chile and the U.S., Net Loss: The Storm Over Salmon Farming provides  a global perspective on this industrial approach to producing salmon. Government and industry spokesmen make the case for salmon farming, while fishermen, native people, scientists and chefs explain the dangers it may pose for the environment, human health, and coastal cultures.


Featured in the film are whale biologist Alexandra Morton; Joseph McGonigle of Aqua Bounty Farms; Rodrigo Infante of Salmonchile; Seth Zuckerman, co-author of Salmon Nation;  former Canadian MP Lynn Hunter; Chief Bill Cranmer, Namgis First Nation [BC]; and independent fishermen from North and South America.


Net Loss: The Storm Over Salmon Farming combines lush marine photography with a lively musical score (including songs by Taj Mahal and Lila Downs).  Net Loss won a Bronze Award at the Columbus International Film Festival, the Environmental Awareness Award at the International Wildlife Film Festival, and has been featured in many other festivals, including: Toronto Planet In Focus, Hazel Wolf Environmental, Wild and Scenic, Green Reel, and Santa Cruz.

Home                   Who Are We?                     Favorites                      In-Production                       Past Productions                  New Releases                    Awards

Home                   Who Are We?                     Favorites                      In-Production                      Past Productions                    New Releases                    Awards

Click logo to order from

Bullfrog Films