Alaska’s law guiding development in salmon habitat is 60 years old and needs to be updated to ensure a prosperous, thriving economy for everyone through accountable management of Alaska’s development projects. Because there are no specific rules limiting the amount of damage allowed to fish habitat during a development project, our wild salmon are at risk. Clear rules would create stability and transparency for everyone involved, ensuring continued long-term access to good-paying jobs for both the development and salmon industries while protecting the strong legacy of Alaska salmon for future generations. Learn more about our platform here.
Who We Are
Stand for Salmon is a diverse group of Alaska-based individuals, businesses and organizations who support responsible development and a thriving economy in Alaska. We are united in taking immediate steps to ensure that Alaska remains the nation’s salmon state for generations to come.
In the spring of 2016, a diverse group from around the Cook Inlet region convened to offer a solution that ensures Alaska salmon - and the communities, cultures, and economies dependent on them - thrive alongside responsible resource development in the state. The intent was for state decision makers to consider the benefits of updating Alaska’s 60-year-old law governing development in salmon habitat – one of the state’s oldest laws.
The Alaska Board of Fisheries unanimously supported the recommendations and the Alaska State Legislature introduced House Bill 199 in March 2017, sponsored by Rep. Stutes (R-Kodiak).
In May, as a way to ensure follow-through on a strong mandate from Alaskans to improve the law, Mike Wood, Gayla Hoseth and Brian Kraft filed an application for the Stand for Salmon ballot initiative. And on October 13, 2017, our campaign team picked up petition booklets from the Division of Elections and hit the streets – giving Alaskans a voice in the effort to protect the strong legacy of Alaska salmon for future generations.
As the initiative gains momentum, the State Legislature continues to address House Bill 199: the Stand for Salmon bill.
In this time of fiscal uncertainty, Alaskans are being forced to live with less and make tough choices. Living with less salmon in our freezers, on our lines, or in our nets should never be a choice Alaskans have to make. Stand for Salmon provides an opportunity for our state to balance salmon habitat protection with responsible development. It’s a chance for all Alaskans to work together toward shared prosperity for the state.