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…
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…
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…
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:
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.
As you and other Alaska salmon fishermen grind through your last few weeks on the water or put your gear away for the season, United Fishermen of Alaska’s SHIP project has been busy compiling important information on policies and events that impact the health of our salmon fisheries. Here’s what’s inside:
Last fall, UFA surveyed Alaska fishermen about their opinions on salmon habitat.
Fishermen took the survey in high numbers
Fishermen say salmon habitat is critical not just for our bottom-line but identity and way of life.
What fishermen say matters!
Credible information sources are important
Fishermen speak up for habitat
Download survey results, including:
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For Alaskan Commercial Fishermen, UFA’s Salmon Habitat Information Program (SHIP) is a go-to source for information on the health of salmon runs you depend on. By working together, we can become powerful advocates for pro-salmon policies and ensure commercial fishing jobs remain strong for generations.
There’s More to Come
If you’d like sneak peaks into what other fishermen say about Alaska salmon habitat, how UFA will use survey results, and all the news about the salmon habitat you use, please keep in touch!
Over the fall, UFA will review survey results, digest the information, present the data to the UFA Board at its upcoming meeting, and form a plan for moving the program forward. Thank you again for helping guide SHIP, and stay tuned for more!
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