Salmon

10" x 8" $200
Edition of 5, 2004
Printed on white Yatsuo paper

The five species of Pacific salmon are important to people, marine ecosystems and terrestrial ecosystems of the region. For thousands of years, Native Americans relied on salmon for sustenance and inspiration, and strong cultural ties still exist between salmon and people. Salmon are important as predators and food supplies in rivers, estuaries and the open ocean. Salmon also transport important ocean-derived nutrients up most of the region's streams and into forest ecosystems. Salmon are now in trouble in many areas and even absent from many historical habitats. Key factors in this decline include habitat damage from logging and cattle grazing, overfishing, dams that block spawning migrations, irrigation withdrawals that lower river levels, and hatchery salmon that interbreed and compete with wild fish.

Many people and organizations are working to reverse the tragic decline of Pacific salmon species. Seek out and join like-minded people and contribute your time, energy, or dollars to help salmon.

Information provided by The Ocean Conservancy. To learn more about its work advocating for wild, healthy oceans, please visit www.oceanconservancy.org

Salmon