Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Salmon Stronghold Bill in the Senate

Last month a bill titled "The Pacific Salmon Stronghold Conservation Act" was brought to the floor of the Senate, cosponsored by Senators Maria Cantwell D-WA, and Lisa Murkowski R-AK. The bill seeks to better protect remaining populations of wild salmon by establishing, "a new, proactive U.S. policy that recognizes the need for conservation of salmon strongholds as a complement to ongoing efforts to recover federally-listed salmon population."

The Wild Salmon Center, long proponents of the idea of salmon strongholds has worked collaboratively to support the legislation saying, "The legislation aims to get ahead of continued
salmon declines by supporting the protection and, if necessary, the restoration of ecosystem
processes within currently healthy salmon-bearing watersheds."

More information in a press release from the WSC's website:

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