Celebrate Alaska Wild Salmon Day
Friday, August 10 is the official day to celebrate one of Alaska's greatest natural resources, salmon.
"I believe this is the third annual and it's a celebration of everything that salmon does for Alaska," said Ryan Schryver, director of Stand for Salmon. "Bringing in all of the jobs, the economic revenue and frankly just a really delicious source of food for everybody to eat."
There are events happening statewide including Soldotna, Sitka, Fairbanks, Juneau, Talkeetna, Cooper Landing, Homer, Palmer and Anchorage. One of the biggest of events happening Friday is at Cuddy Family Park in Anchorage.
"I believe there was almost a thousand people last year, with live music, a free salmon barbecue, educational events," Schryver said. "We hope that everybody in Anchorage can stop by and help us celebrate this resource."
Salmon habitat and declines have been a big topic this year, with dip netting season and sockeye sport fishing shutting down early on the Kenai River. Schryver says you're encouraged to join in on the discussion over the next day or so.
"There's a whole bunch of discourse going on about how important salmon is to our economy," he added. "This is just another one of those events where we're talking about some of the threats that are out there to the salmon habitat... we need to make sure we're taking care of some of the threats to the habitat they need to be healthy and return in strong numbers in the future."
The Susitna River Coalition will host, "The Super Salmon -- One Course Discourse", at the Bear Tooth Theatre Friday August 10 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. discussing the Susitna River Watershed and the Stand for Salmon Initiative.
This week, it was decided the Stand for Salmon initiative intended to strengthen protections against development for Alaska salmon habitats, challenged by the state, can still go before voters this fall – with some of its language omitted, according to the Alaska Supreme Court.
The measure has to be sent back to Superior Court for amendment before it can be certified by Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott's office.
The initiative has faced fierce opposition from some developmental groups, companies and Alaska Native corporations.