Unfair and Biased Attack on Alaskan Salmon Fishery Bestselling Special Interest Article, Says ADF&G Commissioner
January 30, 2022
(SitNews) Juneau, Alaska – A report on British Columbia salmon interceptions in southeast Alaska salmon fisheries was released on January 11, 2022 by Canadian environmental groups.
Many Pacific salmon stocks are highly migratory and often cross national and international borders. Several stocks migrate to Alaskan waters to take advantage of the rich marine environment of the Southeast Alaskan Coast and the Gulf of Alaska where they feed and grow before beginning their journey to their waterways. natives to spawn. Our quality habitat allows these salmon to thrive and return healthy to their natal stream to renew their life cycle.
On their return journey, these highly migratory salmon are subject to a multitude of fisheries managed under the auspices of the Pacific Salmon Treaty. The Pacific Salmon Treaty is a conservation-oriented international agreement between the United States and Canada to carry out their salmon fishing and enhancement programs in a manner that “to prevent overfishing and ensure optimum production of salmon resources and to ensure that both countries receive equal benefits from the production of salmon from their waters“.
It is common knowledge that Alaska harvests salmon from out-of-state rivers, just as British Columbia harvests salmon from Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. It is precisely for this reason that a treaty is in place.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) manages salmon fisheries in Southeast Alaska pursuant to the Pacific Salmon Treaty, the Magnuson Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, and State of Alaska policies and regulations such as state law. precautionary Politics for the management of Sustainable salmon fisheries. The ADF&G carefully monitors catches and escapements during the season to ensure that the fisheries comply with all of these policies, including the terms of the Pacific Salmon Treaty, and that they are managed to maintain the salmon populations in the future.
Southeast Alaska has the strongest and most comprehensive stock and fishery assessment program on the Pacific coast. This includes high rates of fishery sampling, scientifically defensible escapement monitoring programs, and wild juvenile salmon tagging programs. The latter is rare on the Pacific coast and the data provides rare and valuable information on freshwater and marine survival as well as greater precision on where and when stocks are caught. And that data is publicly available, with most of it available in real time.
“I was disappointed by what I consider a targeted attack on Southeast Alaska’s salmon fishery by these special interest groups.” said ADF&G Commissioner Doug Vincent-Lang. “I take seriously our obligations to respect the commitments of the Treaty. Additionally, I find the timing of this report suspicious as it coincides with ongoing Pacific Salmon Treaty meetings. The summary comments were subjective and one-sided and appear to be designed to derail the Pacific Salmon Treaty talks. »
On the Web:
British Columbia Salmon Catch in Southeast Alaska: Summary and Reports
January 11, 2022 – Pacific Marine Conservation Caucus
Edited by: Mary Kauffman, SitNews
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
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