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Artifishal: A Film on Fish Hatcheries

Updated: Jan 28

Film Synopsis: Artifishal is a film about wild rivers and wild fish that explores the high cost—ecological, financial and cultural—of our mistaken belief that engineered solutions can make up for habitat destruction. The film traces the impact of fish hatcheries, and the extraordinary amount of public money wasted on an industry that hinders wild fish recovery, pollutes our rivers and contributes to the problem it claims to solve. Artifishal also dives beneath the surface of the open-water fish farm controversy, as citizens work to stop the damage done to public waters and our remaining wild salmon.

Patagonia is hosting it in partnership with Chicago Fly Fishing Outfitters. Both Patagonia Chicago stores and ChiFly will be selling tickets, which will be $20. Ticket price will include a branded stainless pint cup to be used with our beer sponsor (TBD – beer will be free). We’ll have some other swag like stickers available as well. All ticket revenue will go to support two stream restoration projects (Warner Creek and Conway Creek) in the Driftless through TUDARE. The event will take place at Ovation, which is located at 2324 W Fulton St in West Town. 6PM doors, 7:30 for the film start. Q&A with Josh Murphy and others to follow. We’ve worked with Jeff Hastings to secure Dave Vetrano, a retired Fisheries Biologist for the Wisconsin DNR to come down for the event and talk post-film about the importance of the wild fishery in the Driftless, as well as highlight the specific work being funded by the evening’s proceeds.** Poster attached **



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