The Mat-Su Basin Salmon Partnership Symposium titled “Healthy Salmon, Healthy Communities” was held last week in Palmer. The partnership was formed in 2005 to address the increasing impacts on salmon habitat
in the Mat-Su from human use and development resulting from the high growth rate the borough has, and still is experiencing. More than 50 member groups comprised of government, business, landowners, fisheries stakeholders and private nonprofits make up the partnership.
According to the partnership, it “believes that thriving fish, healthy habitats and vibrant communities can co-exist in the Mat-Su Basin.” Their approach “emphasizes collaboration, cooperation and getting things done … (and are) part of a broader network of fish habitat partnerships
across the U.S. and one of four Alaska partnerships under the National Fish Habitat Partnership, whose mission is to protect, restore and enhance the nation’s fish and aquatic communities through partnerships that foster fish habitat conservation and improve the quality of life for the American people. The history
of salmon in other parts of the world indicates that salmon cannot persist in their full abundance unless stakeholders work together to protect salmon habitat.”
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