A resolution introduced on June 4 in the U.S. House of Representatives by Representatives Don Young, R-Alaska, and Jared Huffman, D-CA, recognizes the International Year of the Salmon, a collaborative effort of multiple countries, including the United States and Canada.
This is a focal year for IYS, with projects and activities designed to raise awareness and understanding of the issues facing wild salmon planned through 2020.
“Salmon is an economic powerhouse for Alaska and throughout much of the northern hemisphere,” noted Jill Weitz, campaign director of Salmon Beyond Borders. “Working together to better understand salmon populations is investing in the future. International Year of the Salmon is a celebration to defend this iconic species for generations to come.”
Young noted that Alaskans are aware of how precious wild salmon are to the state’s economy and also to our way of life.
“International Year of the Salmon is an excellent chance for our global community to come together and recommit ourselves to pursuing policies that allow our salmon populations to thrive,” he said.
Huffman noted that the North Coast is home to many of California’s iconic salmon runs, which support the economy and cultural vitality of coastal communities, tries and aquatic ecosystems.
“Unfortunately, climate change, droughts and habitat loss have threatened vulnerable salmon populations.”
The International Year of the Salmon is a project launched by the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission, based in Vancouver, British Columbia; the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization, in Edinburgh, United Kingdom and other partners.Learn more by logging on to npafc.org and nasco.int.