We foster solutions to sustain the wild salmon ecosystems of the North Pacific.
Salmon play a critical ecological role throughout their life-cycle: from the streams where they hatch, to estuaries, to the open ocean, and back to their native streams where they spawn and die. And they are vital to the commercial and cultural lives of the communities that depend upon them.
Salmon thrive in Alaska, northern British Columbia and Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula. In these regions, great migrations of wild salmon still return to the rivers each year to spawn.
We are working with partners across the North Pacific to ensure that these salmon ecosystems remain healthy.
Specific strategies include the following:
- Maintain healthy habitat in key watersheds
- Ensure sustainable management of salmon fisheries
- Promote natural resource use practices that are compatible with maintaining healthy salmon systems
We work to harmonize the needs of fish, people and ecosystems to ensure that wild salmon and the communities that depend on them continue to thrive. Together with our partners and grantees, we have supported healthy wild salmon populations through projects such as the following:
- A historic agreement between the Taku River Tlingit First Nation and the province of British Columbia provided for habitat conservation and sustainable resource management in the Taku watershed. It created a system of protected areas the size of Yellowstone National Park and prohibited commercial logging in conservation areas covering more than seven million acres. The agreement also established a joint governing process that empowers the Taku River Tlingit First Nation to play a significant role in future decisions about mining and other development in the region.