Videos tell story of salmon recovery in state
October 1, 2013
All around Washington state, salmon are returning from years in the Pacific Ocean to their home rivers, much to the delight of school children, anglers, scientists, and businesses.
A major annual salmon migration from sea to river happens around the state every fall. Community festivals, salmon bakes and 10K runs are scheduled to recognize the annual event.
The Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office is unveiling a 10-minute video that documents the state’s effort to bring them back from the brink of extinction. See it here.
The office also is releasing six, two-minute videos that focus on those affected by the decline of salmon populations and those working to restore salmon and salmon habitat. See them here.
“These videos help us tell the story of why salmon are important, why they are in decline and what we are doing to stop that decline,” Kaleen Cottingham, the director of the Recreation and Conservation Office, which oversees the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office, said in a press release. “Salmon are so important to Washington, and hopefully these videos will give people a better understanding of why.”
Salmon populations have been declining as Washington’s population has grown. In 1991, the federal government declared the first salmon in the Pacific Northwest as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. In the next few years, it listed 17 more species of salmon as either threatened or endangered. By 1999, some salmon populations had disappeared completely and salmon were listed as threatened or endangered across nearly three-fourths of the state.
The Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office was established by the Legislature, through the Salmon Recovery Planning Act, and charged with coordinating a statewide salmon recovery strategy. It recently launched an interactive Web site, at www.stateofsalmon.wa.gov, that allows people to see how salmon are doing in their community’s streams and rivers.