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Every year, millions of British Columbia’s wild salmon are killed in commercial fisheries in Alaska.

 

Fisheries in Alaska are scooping up Canadian salmon before they reach their home rivers to spawn. Meanwhile, B.C.'s salmon and steelhead have hit record lows. Bears and other wildlife are going hungry and B.C. fisheries are closed. First Nations are not meeting their food needs, commercial fishers are out of work and hard-working B.C. families can no longer catch a salmon to bring home for dinner. 

The solution is easy—Alaska needs to move its dirty interception fisheries away from areas where B.C. salmon are returning to spawn, to inside waters where Alaskans can still catch their own fish.

Give our wild salmon a chance. Stop the Alaskan plunder.

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“Our salmon can’t wait. We need to take a hard stand with Alaska, telling them large mixed-stock interception fisheries are a relic of the past, and must be eliminated.”   — Misty McDuffee, Raincoast Conservation Foundation

“Our salmon can’t wait. We need to take a hard stand with Alaska, telling them large mixed-stock interception fisheries are a relic of the past, and must be eliminated.”   — Misty McDuffee, Raincoast Conservation Foundation


Tell Trudeau to Stop Alaska's Unsustainable Harvest of Canadian Salmon

Alaska's commercial fisheries catch and kill millions of salmon bound for Canada every year. Meanwhile, many of British Columbia's fisheries remain closed to preserve our depleted salmon populations. 

The Pacific Salmon Treaty allows Alaska to conduct interception fisheries that target large numbers of migrating Canadian salmon. These fisheries near the B.C. border, represent a tiny fraction of Alaska's total catch, but are having a devastating impact on B.C. wild salmon populations. Besides threatening endangered chinook and steelhead, Southeast Alaska's interception fisheries deprive starving Southern Resident killer whales of food. The Pacific Salmon Treaty won't be renegotiated until 2028, but our salmon can't wait. Only senior ministers in Justin Trudeau’s cabinet can direct Pacific Salmon Commission representatives and diplomats to re-open treaty discussions with the Americans. While B.C. wild salmon are under pressure, Alaskan fishers are enjoying record catches. Alaska needs to move its dirty interception fisheries away from areas where endangered B.C. salmon are migrating.

Tell Justin Trudeau and senior cabinet members to stand up for Canadian salmon. It's  time for an emergency renegotiation of the Pacific Salmon Treaty.