In March, Salmon Defense held the inaugural Billy Frank Jr. Pacific Salmon Summit at the Tulalip Resort Casino. The daylong event brought together hundreds of salmon advocates to address challenges and strategies to Protect Salmon for Our Common Future.
- You can see the 4-video playlist of the event on the Salmon Defense YouTube page.
The Summit’s aim was to Inspire, Enlighten and Ignite the salmon recovery community through presentations about treaty rights, the status of salmon and its habitat, and critical policy issues.
At the end of the day, a call to action was signed by tribal and non-tribal leaders, fisheries managers, scientists and members of the public. They pledged to work better together to do more, to value hatcheries as part of salmon recovery, to support tribes and treaty rights, to bring innovation into recovery, and to commit to a joint communication campaign to tell the truth together.
Summit participants hope to challenge the status quo over the coming year through a series of work sessions intended to coordinate new approaches to long-standing challenges to salmon recovery.
“We need to meet these difficult yet necessary tasks head-on and support the region to move beyond the confines of current processes and agency or constituent positions,” the Call to Action states. “The success of this work depends on all of us.”
At the closing dinner, Merle Hayes, Suquamish Tribe fisheries policy liaison, was awarded the 2018 Billy Frank Jr. Leadership Award. The award recognizes initiative, commitment and accomplishment in protecting tribal sovereignty and natural resources in western Washington.