Human beings who eat seafood depend on our waterways for sustenance. Yet, we are our waterways' most treacherous adversary. Exhibit number one is Sunday’s news of a Chinese freighter carrying 65,000 tons of coal and 300,000 gallons of heavy fuel ramming into a southern portion of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. This ship illegally strayed more than nine miles from the nearest shipping lane into a restricted area. This sort of criminal negligence raises my blood pressure to critical mass, so I will move on for fear of stroking out mid-article. Now more than ever fish habitat restoration is of vital importance.
Maintaining the natural living habitat of fish we consume in a clean state seems obvious. Nothing could be further from the truth. The conditions of our oceans, lakes, rivers, and creeks have deteriorated to unacceptable degrees. Habitat destruction and chemical pollution are at the forefront of why fish are disappearing. Countless species of fish are at perilously low levels. The quintessential book on fish biodiversity and habitat restoration is Fish Conservation: A Guide to Understanding and Restoring Global Aquatic Biodiversity by Gene S. Helfman. Mr. Helfman combines unsurpassed knowledge of the subject with a deep and intense love for fish. Restoring fish habitats requires funding, participation, community embrace, and patience. Luckily, numerous initiatives and programs countrywide have been enacted to combat this problem. Salmon-Safe is one such program making a difference in the Pacific Northwest.
Salmon-Safe is a non profit organization committed to reconditioning agricultural and urban waterways so that salmon can reproduce and bloom. Salmon-Safe acknowledges farms that play a part in restoring ecosystem health in native salmon fisheries of the Pacific Northwest. The salmon rivers of the Pacific Northwest are extremely rich, producing abundant sustenance. Salmon-Safe has spearheaded the movement to preserve these natural treasures.