Of Alaska’s major industries, including construction, oil and gas, mining, and forestry, the seafood industry employs the highest number of Alaska workers (43.5 %). In 2008, 52,000 people were directly employed at some time in the seafood industry. The teens recognize the importance our sustainable Wild Fisheries play in Alaska’s economy, as well as the major health and cultural benefits. As our campaign motto states, “The only place we want to see dead salmon is on your dinner plate.”
Another successful campaign!
AYEA wraps up our state-wide campaign with a fly-in to Washington DC!
Click below to download a short report on the whole adventure.
DOWNLOAD the report-back. (1.54 mb, PDF format)
Our Campaign Goals
- Protect Bristol Bay fisheries from large-scale mining.
- Protect Alaska from mining through major salmon streams.
- Protect national markets for Alaskan salmon by federal labeling of genetically-modified fish.
Last October, young leaders from rural and urban Alaska converged in Chugiak to plan and develop AYEA’s 2010-2011 statewide campaign. The teens were concerned both about the unhealthy imported food being served in their schools, and mining projects like Pebble Mine being proposed in major salmon habitats.
The campaign leaders are ages 13-18, and represent a diverse range of communities including: Anchorage, Dillingham, Emmonak, Fairbanks, Homer, Kotlik, Palmer, Sitka, Togiak, and Yakutat. AYEA is now busily preparing to launch a statewide campaign to educate Alaskans about the importance of and threats to our Wild Alaska Salmon.
“Like” our Facebook page: facebook.com/ayea.wildsalmon
See: the Youth Resolution
Take Action and Sign the Pledge!
Salmon Day just SWAM (or is it swum?) Away!
Read more about our campaign planning retreat
Big Thanks to our campaign partner, Renewable Resources Foundation! Click here to learn more about their work to protect Alaska’s renewable resources
**Sticker design by Dillingham artist and fisherwoman Apayo Moore.