National Fisherman


PALMER — Changing rivers could affect salmon populations in Alaska, according to researchers at a symposium organized by the Mat-Su Basin Salmon Habitat Partnership.
 
Future changes to flow and temperature — two factors that affect salmon survival — were discussed Nov. 14 at the old Palmer Railroad depot.
 
The waterways that flow into Upper Cook Inlet from around the Matanuska and Susitna valleys contain the most salmon stocks of concern in the state, and much money and time has been spent trying to understand the runs and help restore them through various efforts.
 
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The Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.

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Last week, Alaska senators Lisa Murkowski (R), Dan Sullivan (R) and Rep. Don Young (R) asked Secretary of State John Kerry to negotiate with Canadian leaders to make sure appropriate environmental safeguards are in place for mine development in Southeast Alaska.

The congressional delegation explained the importance of this issue to Alaskans and the need for assurances that the water quality in transboundary waters between Alaska and Canada will be maintained.

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