Last week the State of Alaska and the Province of British Columbia released their final report on the B.C.-Alaska Transboundary Rivers Monitoring Program, after just two years of sampling, claiming “extraordinary partnership” across the border and conclusion of the program.
Alaska and B.C.’s characterization of their monitoring efforts dramatically underestimates the current situation. They fail to address the future risks associated with large-scale industrial mining in the B.C. headwaters of these crucial shared salmon rivers, yet they are trying to control the conversation to suggest “everything is fine” while undermining the concerns of Tribes, commercial fishermen, and thousands of Alaskans.
Tell the Biden Administration
We Need Tribal and Federal Leadership
to Protect Our International Salmon Rivers
Now, more than ever, we need an international framework with Tribal and Federal leadership and community engagement to determine the future of these iconic watersheds -- just as thousands of Alaskans, Tribes, commercial fishermen, municipalities, and the Alaska congressional delegation have requested for years.
SOUTHEAST ALASKANS RESPOND TO RELEASE OF AK - BC REPORT, HIGHLIGHT NEED FOR TRIBAL AND FEDERAL LEADERSHIP TO PROTECT INTERNATIONAL SALMON RIVERS
To read the joint response from Southeast Alaska Indigenous Transboundary Commission, United Fishermen of Alaska, Salmon Habitat Information Program, and Salmon Beyond Borders, click here.
As always, thanks so much for taking the time to read this update and staying engaged – we’re all in this together.
Gunalchéesh / Háw’aa / Thank you,
The Salmon Beyond Borders Team
Despite last year’s many challenges and an unprecedented start to 2021, our collective work to address the threats posed by British Columbia mines along international transboundary rivers hit several significant milestones in recent months. Just below, we’ve compiled the highlights from last fall through the start of this new year and -- if you’re up for it -- we hope you’ll read along for a deeper dive into the efforts to defend and sustain the world-class transboundary rivers of The Salmon Coast and beyond.
“If the salmon does not survive, there is little hope for the survival of the planet.”
SALMON BEYOND BORDERS is a campaign driven by sport and commercial fishermen, community leaders, tourism and recreation business owners and concerned citizens, in collaboration with Tribes and First Nations, united across the Alaska/British Columbia border to defend and sustain our transboundary rivers, jobs and way of life.
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