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The Memory of Fish follows the life story of a man from Port Angeles, Washington, and his fight to bring salmon home to the Elwha River. Dick Goin was a Dust Bowl refugee, pulp mill worker, and fisherman-turned-river Yoda, whose memory and persistence were instrumental in the biggest dam removal project in US history. They say rivers are like veins, and Goin had salmon running through his. A master among master fishermen, he was one of the oldest voices speaking against the destruction of the Olympic Peninsula, one of this country’s most exploited natural areas for its timber, fish, and hydroelectricity.

As a fisherman, citizen scientist, educator, and historian of this frontier, both tribal leaders and park rangers agree he has no parallel: Dick was here for the fish.

As the Elwha dams were removed, the river became stronger and began remembering its way. However, Dick grew weaker and began losing his memory, as if his mind was unleashed with the river. His clock ticked forward; the river’s ticked back. And as the Elwha flowed free, the salmon remembered their way back to the river to spawn. Like Dick, they too were facing death for the benefit of future generations. Through the eyes and memory of Dick Goin, this is a visual portrait of a local hero, a historic place in the American outdoors, and an iconic wild fish.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    54 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Sachi Cunningham | Jennifer Galvin
  • Screenwriter
    Erin Barnett | Jennifer Galvin | Fernanda Rossi
  • Producer
    Jennifer Galvin
  • Executive Producer
    Jennifer Galvin
  • Co-Producer
    Sachi Cunningham, Emma Jones
  • Cinematographer
    Sachi Cunningham | Jennifer Galvin
  • Editor
    Erin Barnett
  • Composer
    Gil Talmi