Category Archives: Salmon Habitat

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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Thankful for major joint letter on Transboundary Mining

Transboundary news to share! It's been a long time coming and we are happy to report that the  Alaska delegation including Governor Bill Walker, Lt. Governor Byron Mallott, Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan and Congressman Don Young issued a joint letter to the U.S. Department of State requesting that the US Federal Government get involved in an international solution to threats posed by transboundary mining between Canada's British Columbia and Southeast Alaska.

This call to the U.S. Department of State by Alaska's elected officials is a major step towards reaching binding agreements between the two governments to help protect our rivers and vital salmon habitat....
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Why Ocean Acidification Matters @Expo2017

You're invited to learn about Ocean Acidification at Pacific Marine Expo!

On Friday November 17th from 11:45am - 12:30pm at the Concourse Stage, UFA and Washington Sea Grant are hosting a panel at Pacific Marine Expo called "Fishing Industry and Ocean Acidification: What's the Bottom Line for Salmon Fishermen?" Topics to be discussed include:
  • Overall impacts of increasing carbon dioxide (CO2) in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska marine waters
  • Impacts on salmon and the adaptation of the commercial fishing industry.
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We’ve been busy promoting healthy salmon habitat

Just because nets are put away, doesn't mean the work stops!  Here's what's inside:
  • Thank you! Hundreds of fishermen commented through SHIP's Action platform
  • Ocean Acidification infographic
  • Ocean Acidification presentation (Juneau)
  • Ocean Acidification panel (Pacific Marine Expo)

Thank you for weighing into EPA SHIP launched our online platform in conjunction with the EPA's comment period on Bristol Bay and Pebble Mine. Our tool is designed for fishermen to weigh in on issues important to salmon habitat. We'd like to express our sincerest gratitude to the hundreds of fishermen who weighed into the EPA.

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Act now, Pebble Mine comments due!

The Trump Administration's EPA is now seeking public input on its decision to reverse its 2014 Proposed Determination to add specific protections to water quality in the Bristol Bay watershed. The 2014 Determination would have ensured large-scale mining did not cause irreversible harm to habitat that sustains the world’s largest salmon fishery. Just as Bristol Bay fishermen hauled in a near-record harvest of 37 million sockeye salmon, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sent a blow to the industry by reversing an earlier decision to implement Clean Water Act protections for water quality in the watershed. You may have commented in the past, but today, fishermen can weigh in again to the Trump Administration on whether protections for Bristol Bay's world-class salmon fishery should be erased....
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