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This sub-section looks at management of forests, water and fossil fuels and exploitation of forests, mines and salmon. It also considers energy consumption.
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Plea for the Wanderer
1975, production : Jean Coutu
Humans are responsible for a decline in wild Atlantic...
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That's the Price
1970, production : Michael Scott
Coal helped Canada develop and attain the standard of living...
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Plea for the Wanderer
Excerpt  (1:10) 1975, production : Jean Coutu
The film
Humans are responsible for a decline in wild Atlantic salmon. The government undertook protection measures in the 1970s, but the population has continued to drop. Overfishing, habitat destruction and contamination from commercial fish farms are all factors in this decline.

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From river to sea, and back to river again, this film follows the arduous life cycles of east- and west-coast salmon, revealing both the perils of nature and the threats posed by man. Vivid close-ups capture exciting moments when the salmon hatch, jump rapids, and perform their intricate spawning ritual. Other footage examines the Canadian government's programs to protect the salmon runs. The film makes it clear that the continuation of indiscriminate high-seas salmon fishing could prove fatal to one of the world's most important food and industrial resources.
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