Nautilus staff recently organized the first Washington Alaska Salmon Learning Exchange, which brought together salmon leaders from both states to share salmon stories and efforts to ensure healthy salmon and people systems persist throughout the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.
The goal of the four-day driving tour was to learn from the experiences of the many people working to restore depleted salmon populations in Washington and share our work to strengthen Alaska’s salmon and salmon-dependent communities through one of Nautilus’ main partnership efforts—the Salmon Connect network.
We asked our Pacific NW colleagues:
- What would you do differently to avoid loss of connections between salmon and people?
- What are you doing to restore/improve the resilience of connections between salmon and people?
- What emerging lessons from your collective efforts might offer promise to Alaska?
- What might we do together to alter the trajectory of Pacific salmon
Salmon Connect seeks to connect people through networking and dialogue and to identify and incubate collaborative projects for enduring and sustainable wild salmon systems in Alaska. Salmon Connect is a collaborative effort of individuals and organizations involved in community engagement, education, and equity, with a goal to elevate collective responsibility, equitable human relationships, and the important role of indigenous peoples as core to healthy wild salmon systems. Learn more at AlaskaSalmonandPeople and Alaska Salmon Fellows.