Did you know there are a record number of salmon in the ocean today? Did you know two-thirds of all salmon in the ocean today are pinks? Did you know more than one-third of salmon harvests are now produced by industrial hatcheries almost exclusively for export markets by big business? Record commercial harvests of Alaska salmon in 2013, 2015 and 2017 were fueled by pink salmon.
At the same time, king salmon are disappearing statewide from Alaska’s rivers. Coincidence? Scientists have documented that all salmon species in all watersheds of Alaska are shrinking in size and age at maturity. The likely culprit – you guessed it – too many mouths to feed in the ocean.
KRSA and outdoor groups from around the state are asking the Alaska Board of Fisheries to stop expanding the release of hatchery-bred pink salmon in Prince William Sound. The more Alaskans who speak up, the more they’ll listen. Your voice really does matter, and the Board of Fisheries really will read your email.
Help us tell the Board of Fisheries that Alaskans do not want any more hatchery fish at the cost of wild salmon. Alaskans love wild salmon – and we need the Board of Fisheries to act now to protect them.