Category Archives: Salmon Habitat

AK Habitat & Pebble

Recap of "Defining Salmon Habitat in Alaska" Presentation:

Earlier this month UFA SHIP hosted a meeting of the minds in Juneau to discuss current practices and emerging technologies for defining salmon habitat in Alaska. Q: Why does habitat need to be defined and why does it matter to fishermen? A: Salmon habitats are the natural environments where they live throughout various life stages.  A species' habitat is those places where it can find food, shelter, protection and mates for reproduction.  Land and resource managers need to know where salmon habitat is so that development in those habitats is done with as little disturbance as possible.  Fishermen need to know where salmon habitats are so we can weigh in on decision-making about projects that will impact habitat. Q: So, how is salmon habitat defined in Alaska? A: It is done differently by different agencies.  In a nutshell:

  1. ADF&G: Under state jurisdiction habitat is defined by the Anadromous...
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Join us Thursday: Salmon Habitat Panel in Juneau

Enjoy salmon tacos from Juneau's Taqueria while visiting scientists explain how salmon habitat in Alaska is identified and what that means for public policy. On Thursday March 1st from 12:00pm - 1:00pm at the Alaska Education Association's Conference Room (201 Main St, Juneau, AK), UFA's Salmon Habitat Information Program is sponsoring a panel of experts  called "Defining Salmon Habitat in Alaska: Current Practices and Emerging Technologies." Topics to be discussed include:

  • How salmon streams are defined & why that matters for protection and policy.
  • Emerging technologies in modeling.
  • What is eDNA and how it could improve defining salmon habitat.
Experts from ADF&G Habitat Division, USDA Forest Service and the University of Washington will be presenting and taking audience questions on these important topics....
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Sen. Sullivan and Lt. Gov. Mallott in Ottawa

Transboundary news to share! Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott recently returned from Ottawa, the federal capital of Canada. The two held meetings with Canadian government officials to communicate Alaskans long-standing concerns about mining and other industrial pollution in transboundary rivers that flow across the border between between B.C. and Alaska

Please take a moment and thank Sen. Sullivan and Lt. Gov. Mallott for their leadership and standing with Alaska's commercial fishermen. In their requests to the Canadian government, Sen. Sullivan and Lt. Gov. Mallott are asking for:
  • Alaskans to be part of British Columbia's environmental permitting for development on transboundary rivers
  • Financial security to fishermen in the event of an environmental disaster
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Bristol Bay Protections Back on the Table

Bristol Bay News

On Friday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made a major announcement: they will keep the 404(c) protections that can offer permanent protections to Bristol Bay on the table. In a statement, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt explained that after listening to stakeholders within the Bristol Bay region, Alaska and nationwide, "it is my judgment at this time that any mining projects in the region likely pose a risk to the abundant natural resources that exist there. Until we know the full extent of that risk, those natural resources and world-class fisheries deserve the utmost protection. Today’s action allows EPA to get the information needed to determine what specific impacts the proposed mining project will have on those critical resources." What does this mean for fishermen? It's a clear setback for Pebble and renews hope that the protections that fishermen have been asking for are back on the table...
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We’re starting 2018 with a bang!

It's that time of the year again. Fishermen are dusting off their 2018 to-do's, purchasing equipment, mending gear and getting ready for the upcoming salmon seasons. This winter, United Fishermen of Alaska's Salmon Habitat Information Program (SHIP) has been monitoring policy, updating fishermen and weighing in on issues affecting Alaska's salmon habitat, and boy, do we have news for you! Here's what's inside:
  • UFA President weighs in on Ocean Acidification
  • Federal government responds to Alaskans' concerns on Transboundary Mines
  • Fishermen across Alaska deliver thanks to Alaska officials
  • UFA leaders weigh-in on proposed oil and gas leases
  • Panel discusses updates to Alaska salmon habitat policy reform
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