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Defining Salmon Habit in Alaska:
Current Practices & Emerging Technologies

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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…

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…

Bristol Bay Protections Back on the Table

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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…

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:

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.

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….

PASSED! Alaska Wild Salmon Month

Big news for salmon fishermen! Yesterday, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed Resolution 261 recognizing the month of September 2017 as “Alaska Wild Salmon Month” sponsored by Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski. By recognizing Alaska’s salmon economy is supported by wild salmon returning to Alaskan streams and rearing in Alaskan waters, the U.S. Senate understands salmon habitat is the basis for one of Alaska’s most important industries….

Announcements! Texting winners + summer habitat

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:

URGENT Pebble Mine update

Pebble Mine is back! 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. 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….
 

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Last fall, UFA surveyed Alaska fishermen about their opinions on salmon habitat.

Read full survey results

Fishermen took the survey in high numbers

  • Over 500 AK fishermen took the survey
  • This is 2.4% of the Alaska commercial permit holders, and 176% of the number of fishermen who participated in the only other recent direct survey of fishermen
  • 85% of survey takers were from Alaska
  • 44% were under 40 years old. The oldest survey taker was 88

Fishermen say salmon habitat is critical not just for our bottom-line but identity and way of life.  

  • 100% of survey takers care deeply about AK salmon habitat – for jobs, family, & identity
  • Many fishermen are concerned about mining, climate change, & pollution. Lots of other concerns were mentioned too
  • Habitat concerns are more important than price

What fishermen say matters!

  • 79% of fishermen list other fishermen as a top news source

Credible information sources are important

  • Fishermen most trust information about Alaska salmon habitat from ADF&G scientists & local/regional fishing groups

Fishermen speak up for habitat

  • 93% of fishermen have taken action on behalf of salmon habitat
  • Actions taken include talking to other fishermen, donating, signing petitions, & calling / writing decision makers

Download survey results, including:

  • Who is the least trusted person to provide information on salmon habitat?
  • Which social media channels do fishermen prefer?

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About SHIP

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! sign-up-for-our-newsletter-button

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Contact Us:

Lindsey Bloom Program Manager (907) 723-3662 habitat@ufa.org