bogoslof volcano


Mt. Bogoslof, an Alaskan Aleutian Island volcano is erupting with life!

It’s billowing ash cloud has gone 6 miles high

The mineral rich ash is being carried by prevailing winds right to where it is needed most.

South into the ocean fish pastures of the North Pacific.

Those pastures starved for minerals will now immediately be replenished and restored to luxurious blue-green plankton feedlots that will provide an abundance of food for all of ocean life. Timing is almost perfect in Mother Nature’s scheme of things. Hundreds of millions of baby salmon and other fish instead of mostly starving on what has become a clear blue desert ocean will be treated to a feast for months to come. The salmon will grow and grow and before too long they will come back to our rivers 40 million strong.

Blow volcano blow, we should all be rejoicing and chanting for Mt. Bogoslof to keep erupting.

Bogoslof volcano location map

Mt. Bogoslof volcano in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands is in the Bering Sea where the shallow regions of that sea are rich in vital minerals that sustain its ocean pastures. But to the North West and South deep ocean waters don’t allow vital minerals and iron to reach the surface to sustain ocean pastures. CLICK TO ENLARGE

The Bogoslof volcano is reported in a “significant explosive eruption” that started around 10 a.m.yesterday on the remote island in the Bering Sea, northwest of Unalaska Island, and continued for about three hours, the Alaska Volcano Observatory reported. The eruption sent ash 6 miles into the air. In response, the observatory issued a “red” aviation warning, the highest level. Aircraft flying the great circle route from North American to Asia may have to divert from their planned flight paths.

Since mid-December, the restless Bogoslof has erupted about 60 times, according to Hans Schwaiger, a geophysicist at the observatory. “On average, it’s once or twice a week,” he said. “But it’s been a couple of weeks since the last eruption.”

Like the earlier eruptions, the one on Monday came with “very little to no warning,” said Michelle Coombs, the observatory’s scientist-in-charge.

Most of these small eruptions have produced very little ash and most of the time the prevailing winds have carried what ash there was to the north into the Bering Sea.  The mineral rich ash of the volcanoes that form part of the ‘ring of fire’ that surrounds the Pacific Ocean are a critical contributor to vital mineral micronutrients that help sustain ocean pastures in a state of productive health.

Being Good Shepherds Of Our Pastures

Just like pastures on land, when an ocean pasture is suffering from a long-standing drought, it produces little for its ‘live-stock’ to eat. No grass/plankton no livestock/fish it is as simple as this. Today around the world the ocean pastures are suffering a 50+ year drought of mineral dust this is for watery ocean pastures as deadly as a drought of rain is for pastures on land. Ocean pastures everywhere have and are becoming ever clearer, bluer, deserts devoid of their plankton grass to feed the fish.

Over many decades now the abundance of salmon in the North Pacific has been in a condition of cataclysmic decline. In spite of billions spent in conservation and protection programs in the rivers and streams of Western North American where the salmon spawn their populations have continued to plummet. No amount of spending has produced the expected recovery of the fish and today they are at historic low numbers almost everywhere. In many rivers and streams the fisheries communities have accepted that their native salmon will soon be extinct.

Kasatochi volcano

This painting created from an image in my minds eye of the Aleutian volcano Kasatochi which erupted in August 2008 shows the ocean being restored to a lush ocean pasture, a Garden of Eden for all of ocean life. It resulted in a historic catch of Sockeye Salmon in Canada right on schedule 2 years later. Click to read more

Rarely however something happens to Bring Back The Fish to historic numbers of health and abundance. Those rare events are volcanic dustings of the salmon pastures at just the right time and place to feed the multitudes of salmon sent out from the restored river spawning beds to graze and become healthy and abundant adult fish.

Over the course of the past century just a few dusting events have happened at the right time and place to feed the salmon on their ocean pastures.

In the case of less of half a dozen ideally timed dustings, 5 by volcano and one by me, the right dust arrived at the right time and in the right place the fish have come back right on schedule a 1,2,3 years later depending on the species of salmon to fill our nets with a historic catch.

Is this present eruption of the volcano Bogolsof another one of the miracles?

It may be, it close to dusting the right patch of dying ocean pasture, at the right time and place.

If it keeps its ash up we may in the coming years see another miracle of the fishes.

The greatest threat to the environment is waiting for someone else to save it.

Waiting and depending on Mother Earth’s volcanoes to undo the devastating harm our burning of fossil fuels has and is continuing to have on our ocean pastures is sheer folly. We have proven we can ‘BE THE VOLCANO’ and bring the oceans life sustaining dust to it at very modest expense.

restored ocean pasture blue to green

Looking astern off the transom of my research ship before we began our dusting to restore the ocean to health the ocean was a blue desert. After dusting the same view revealed a beautiful emerald-green see that had become full of life. (No Photoshop, raw camera) – click to read more

A budget of far less than 10% of what is spent on salmon conservation and protection in our rivers and streams would easily replenish the dust and sustainably restore our North Pacific fish pastures to historic health and abundance bringing back the fish every year.

Everywhere on this blog you can read how we know we can carry our this sacred ocean pasture stewardship duty and why because we can we simply must do so. Ocean pastures around the world need our help to replenish and restore them to their natural state of health and abundance. Join me on our voyages of recovery, sailing soon.