Letter Requested on Behalf of Fisheries

Dear Commercial and Recreational Fishing and Salmon Advocates and Colleagues….

Attached is a draft letter to President Obama, asking him to appoint a Salmon Director in the White House Council of Environmental Quality (CEQ), which is the President’s top environmental policy advisory group, to help refashion and redirect the west coast away from the failed salmon policies under the Bush Administration that have left the west coast salmon runs near ruin.  PLEASE CONSIDER SIGNING YOUR PORT ASSOCIATION OR ORGANIZATION ON TO THIS LETTER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

Having someone close to the President who can advise him on real and science-based ways to recover west coast salmon, and who (as a representative of the White House) also has the power to force disparate and conflicting federal agencies to work together on a common salmon recovery approach, would be a very long step in the right direction and out of the current salmon policy chaos we have inherited.  THIS LETTER IS NOW CIRCULATING FOR FISHING AND SALMON PROTECTION GROUPS TO SIGN ON TO.  It is co-authored by the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA) and by Save Our Wild Salmon, which have already signed the letter and are now circulating it to others.  Please feel free to pass it on to your colleagues working salmon restoration as well.

I have listed myself as the contact person for this circulation effort, at the top of the letter. Please contact me at that email.  We would like to finalize this letter by the end of February, if possible.

For signers, please email me with the authorizing person’s name, title, organization, and city. (I’d also like email and phone, so I can follow up with them when the letter is finalized.)

Please contact me with any questions.  Thanks!

Joseph Bogaard Outreach Director Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition 206-286-4455, x103 206-300-1003 © joseph@wildsalmon.org