Resolution honors International Year of the Salmon

Fresh Copper River king salmon rest on a grill during Alaska Airlines' Copper Chef Cook-Off at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Friday, May 18, 2018. (Photo by Emily Mesner/The Cordova Times)

State representatives from Alaska, Oregon and Washington have introduced resolutions and a joint memorial to recognized 2019 s the International Year of the Salmon.

In Juneau, the House Resolution 8 was introduced and read on the House floor on April 10 by Rep. Geran Tarr, D-Anchorage.

Resolutions were also introduced in the Oregon Legislature by Rep. Ken Helm, D-District 34, and in the Washington Legislature by Rep. Debra Lekanoff, D-Bow.

By declaring this year as the International Year of the Salmon, organizations around the world would will work collaboratively on salmon research and outreach around the theme of “salmon and people in a changing world.”

“Subsistence, sport and commercial fisheries are critically important to the culture and economy of countless communities along the West Coast,” Tarr said. “However, many salmon runs are struggling, and it is more important than ever that we work collaboratively to do the research needed to ensure this vital resource is protected for generations to come.”