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 February 12, 2008

NEWS RELEASE

Salmon Treaty must do more to protect wild salmon

Scientific review needed to ensure conservation objectives are met

For Immediate Release February 11, 2008

VANCOUVER – A coalition of conservation groups is calling for a scientific review of the Pacific Salmon Treaty to ensure that it is meeting the conservation objectives required to protect wild salmon, including the protection of salmon habitat. Pacific Salmon Commission representatives from the U.S. and Canada are meeting in Vancouver, B.C. this week to discuss the renegotiation of the treaty. A 10-year agreement forged between the two countries is due to expire at the end of 2008.

Trout Unlimited, the Wild Salmon Center, and Canada’s David Suzuki Foundation have formed the Pacific Salmon Treaty Reform Coalition to advocate for a more sustainable and comprehensive approach to salmon management under the Canada – U.S. treaty. They are being assisted by legal experts from the International Environmental Law Project at Lewis and Clark Law School.

"In the past year our coalition brought together salmon scientists to identify principles for an effective treaty, and Stanford University held a treaty workshop with scientists, managers and stakeholders," said David Suzuki Foundation salmon biologist Jeffery Young. "It is now time for the Pacific Salmon Commission to take this information and lead its own review of the treaty, with participation of external scientists, to ensure conservation objectives are met."

Declines in many salmon runs, including Fraser River coho, California and Oregon chinook, and a number of Puget Sound stocks, have raised concerns among salmon scientists and fisheries managers about the long-term survival of Pacific salmon. Changes in ocean conditions, most likely related to global warming, are an added challenge to the health of salmon coast-wide, making this round of negotiations especially critical.

"We all want our great-grandchildren to experience wild salmon," said Guido Rahr, CEO of the Wild Salmon Center. "With so many stocks of wild salmon in decline, now is the time to integrate strong conservation principles into international agreements on salmon management.  It is critical that this process be both transparent and scientifically sound."   

"As a coalition, we are particularly concerned about the protection of salmon habitat, since healthy habitat is critical to facing these known and unknown challenges ahead," said Jeff Curtis, senior salmon policy advisor for Trout Unlimited. "The treaty provides an important opportunity for both countries to work together to ensure a productive future for Pacific salmon and our shared fisheries."

Representatives of the Coalition will attend Pacific Salmon Commission meetings this week in Vancouver, B.C., and will be speaking at a public meeting of the commission on the morning of February 13 (meeting details available at www.psc.org).

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For more information, contact:

Jeff Curtis, Senior Salmon Policy Advisor, Trout Unlimited, (503) 419-7105

Jeffery Young, Aquatic Biologist, David Suzuki Foundation, (604) 732-4228

Ian Hanington, Communications Specialist, David Suzuki Foundation, (604) 732-4228, ext. 238

Greg Block, VP for Conservation Programs, Wild Salmon Center, (503) 222-1804

The David Suzuki Foundation is committed to achieving sustainability within a generation in Canada. Abundant and diverse stocks of Pacific wild salmon are a vital part of this sustainable and prosperous future. The Foundation works closely with other conservation organizations, all levels of government, industry and first nations to achieve science-based solutions that will lead to a sustainable future for Pacific salmon in Canada.

The Wild Salmon Center is the only international conservation organization working to protect wild Pacific salmon throughout their entire range. We partner with governments, local communities, and businesses to create a network of healthy salmon ecosystems across the North Pacific. Our work is based on the best available science and our conservation solutions support sustainable economies, regional cultures, and the great rivers of the Pacific Rim.

Trout Unlimited works across the United States at the local, state and federal level, to ensure that, by the next generation, robust populations of native and wild trout, salmon and steelhead will once again thrive within their North American Range. TU strives to achieve this vision by protecting, reconnecting and restoring the habitat necessary to sustain wild fish populations so that our children can enjoy healthy fisheries in their home waters.

 


With over 6000 members, Trout Unlimited is alive and well in Washington state. On the ground, where it matters most, our members and chapters are continuing to restore streams, educate the public about trout and salmon issues, and advocate for responsible conservation practices. Using the time provided by the temporary suspension of the Washington Council of Trout Unlimited, members from Washington chapters are working on an organizational restructuring with the help and guidance of Trout Unlimited National. Members plan to make Trout Unlimited Washington into an even more effective voice for salmon, trout, and steelhead.

September 2006 will see the Council restarted and more effectively support the conservation projects of chapters, coordinate and facilitate communication within the organization, and engage in active membership recruitment. Trout Unlimited Washington is the leading cold-water conservation organization in the state of Washington and will continue to work with other organizations and agencies at the local, state, regional and national levels to conserve, protect and restore our cold-water fisheries.

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Federal agencies to evict terns who are feeding on juvenile salmon and steelhead in Columbia River.  For more information , click here...


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House Bill 2579, a bill concerning small scale prospecting and mining hydraulic projects, is currentyl being discussed in the legislature.  To learn more,  click here...

Here's short video showing a gold dredging operation on Swauk Creek.  click here...

Since removal of two dams on the Rogue River in Oregon, Chinook salmon are moving further upstream, click here...

The Elwha River is seeing its largest return of chinook salmon in decades! For more details, click here...

Chinook salmon are returning in significant numbers to previously inaccessible portions of the Elwha River!  For more details, click here...

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has placed Lake Sammamish in its new Urban Partnership Program.  For more information,  click here...

The EPA has released a revised Bristol Bay assessment for review.  To read the revised assessment and make comments, go to the EPA Bristol Bay website  click here...

Elwha Dam removal is on hold until fixes are made to the water treatment plant. For more details,  click here...

Learn about the proposed "run of river" hydro project for the North Fork of the Snoqualmie river click here...

Read Andy Batcho's article about  "mystery" chemicals killing coho salmon click here...

NOAA fisheries proposes critical habitat for Puget Sound Steelhead.  To view,  click here...

Read Dallas Cross' last fishing article as he moves to Boise, Id.  To read,  click here...

Washington Recreation & Conservation Office releases State of the Salmon in Watersheds Report  . To view,  click here...

Read Dallas Cross' article on sturgeon fishing opportunities Read here...

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USFWS denies endangered species listing for Lake Sammamish Kokanee Read here...

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Here's an op-ed in the Oregonian relating to protection of endangered salmon stocks from California to British Columbia.  Pretty interesting! To read click here...

Read Dallas Cross' latest article about fishing access rights and Washington stream access laws Read here...

Kokanee Project
Take a look at the Kokanee Recovery Strategic Timeline.  To view,  click here...

USFWS Pacific Region has a great story and pictures about Kokanee recovery. To view,  click here...

Read Dallas Cross' article explaining where the Kokanee have gone Read here...

Read Dallas Cross' article describing the long term fix needed for Kokanee in Lake Sammamish  Read here...

Here's some pictures of the culvert replacement project on Ebright Creek Click here...

Here's a USFWS video about the Kokanee fry release.   click here...

Here's a USFWS video about the Kokanee supplmentation project.  click here...

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Find out what we're doing to help restore the Kokanee population in Lake Sammamish here.

Read a copy of the latest plan for supplementation of late-run kokanee in Lake Sammamish Click here...

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