Salmon are the beating, burning heart of Alaska’s sustainable fishing economy, feeding over a hundred different species in the dynamic food chains of the ocean and coastal rivers of the Pacific northwest.
They have thrived on the west coast of North America for millions upon millions of years. Now, through human caused habitat loss, pollution and changing ocean conditions, numerous wild salmon runs in the ‘lower 48’ are facing the threat of extinction.
Plans for large scale gold mines are also threatening numerous salmon runs in Alaska, from the massive proposed Pebble Mine project in Bristol Bay to several trans boundary rivers in Southeast Alaska. Are we willing to sacrifice a vital self-sustaining food source for a one time extraction of a precious metal? With recent food security issues and supply chain disruptions the choice seems obvious: choose salmon!