Public money spent endlessly to try and fix or create a façade where once was a natural wonderland, taken for an all too fleeting profit. It's an equation so common, so ever-present in our existence that I missed it for decades. I had to revisit the aquaculture story from so long ago, to see what is still happening, all around us. In essence: we trade or allow others to trade, our birthright--in the case of salmon aquaculture; clean, mighty rivers, and salmon, living unimaginably wild lives in the open ocean, and returning to spawn in feeder creeks so small that we can step across them, for huge pens, anchored, polluting, protected, filled with facsimile-fish so weak, so pale compared to the real thing, that their very flesh must be dyed orange with harvested krill before anyone will purchase or eat it. The diseases and parasites that flow out from these operations imperil the very survival of the native species, and the economy and ecology that they support. When all we would have to do is protect the rivers and the fishery in the first place, and reap the treasure for all time. How many similar examples, from every nation on the planet, from our own local creeks and hunting grounds and communities, can we list?