Tell Mayor Navarre Why Salmon Habitat Needs Protection
In 2011, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted 7 to 2 to protect the riparian habitat our salmon need to survive. They passed an ordinance creating 50 foot buffers on rivers and lakes where salmon feed, migrate and spawn.
Similar protections had been in place on the Kenai River and other major salmon streams for years. The 2001 ordinance simply added these common-sense safeguards to all rivers and lakes where salmon live.
We know protecting salmon habitat is the most practical way to ensure our wild salmon feed our families and our economies for years to come.
Please use the form below to tell Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre that you support the protection of salmon habitat.
Key talking points:
- Similar protections have been in place on the Kenai River and other major salmon streams for years.
- We all depend on salmon in some form; salmon feed our families and provide good paying, local jobs.
- Without habitat protection, our wild salmon runs will suffer the same "death of a thousand cuts" that runs in Europe, New England and the Lower 48 have fallen to.
- Dismal Chinook returns in the summer of 2012 only highlight the need to protect salmon habitat. If salmon return to degraded or destroyed habitat there will be no next generation.
- Alaska is famous for it's fish allocation fights, but sport, commercial and subsistence users all agree, half of zero is zero. With out healthy habitat we will have no salmon.
- Protecting salmon habitat protects local families and communities, and the jobs they depend on.