Resource Development Council should Stand for Salmon

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 10:49:11 AM. Sustaining the clean habitat that keeps our salmon runs strong is a good fit for RDC's call for responsible development.
As Alaska's leaders of industry gather at Resource Development Council's (RDC) annual conference this week in Anchorage, they will be grappling — like many Alaskans — with the daunting task of how to generate revenue and stabilize Alaska's economy with increasingly challenging fiscal realities. The state's record of developing resources in a responsible and sustainable way is often pointed to as a model for the rest of the world. As a commercial fisherman, I'm proud and thankful that the fishing industry has been the shining example of responsible resource development and management in our state. Red salmon spawn in the Wood River, which flows into the Nushagak River north of Dillingham. (Thomas Quinn / University of Washington) I am encouraged that RDC's stated vision is: "Growing Alaska through responsible development." Because in Alaska we have preserved, for the most part, our opportunity to get it right the first time when it comes to maintaining healthy habitat and clean water while sustaining a resource development-based economy. By and large, Alaska has shown that it is possible to have both responsible industrial projects and healthy renewable economies like fishing and tourism. Wild salmon habitat once included most of Europe, much of the East and West Coasts of the U.S. and Canada, but today, damaged habitat has restricted healthy populations to a small fraction of their former range — outside of Alaska. Relatively pristine habitat is clearly critical for...Read more
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