Pacific salmon are highly complex species that rely on fresh and saltwater habitats in their lifetime, and the health and availability of these habitats are crucial to their breeding success.

When this system is unable to support healthy populations of salmon, we depend upon fisheries managers to reduce the “allowable” catch. This ensures that a percentage of salmon can return to the stream where they were born to reproduce the next generation (this is known as escapement). In some fisheries—not just salmon—catch limits have sometimes been set too high, and have impacted the success of future generations, something scientists refer to as recruitment.

It is important that everyone works together to solve the salmon crisis: fisheries managers, scientists, ecologists, land management agencies, forestry managers, watershed, river and stream managers, power company administrators and government agencies mandated by law to recover endangered species.

It is only through a collaborative effort that we can recover Pacific salmon to historic levels, which would provide enough to support the ecosystem and the needs of humans and whales alike.

Until such time, it is important that fisheries managers recognize that the whales need an allocation of the annual catch. And we are calling on the West Coast fisheries managers to ensure that a percentage of each harvest is allocated for the needs of the whales – i.e. left in the sea.

We need your help.