Can salmon talk bring Alaskans together? A new program is testing the waters


  • Laine Welch
  • February 4, 2017

Salmon is the heart of Alaska fisheries — it almost singlehandedly spawned the push for statehood nearly 60 years ago. A new Alaska Salmon Fellows program wants to make sure Alaskans are poised to "shape the future" of the fish, and it is investing in the people to do so.

In its call for applications, the program is described as a means to "facilitate demanding conversations about salmon issues among leaders from a cross section of salmon policy, management, industry, activism, research and cultural sectors."

"The goal is to bring people with different perspectives together from all across Alaska, people who care about the future and want to work together, and let them shape strategies and initiatives by learning from each other," said Kitty Farnham, director of leadership programs for the Alaska Humanities Forum, sponsor of the Salmon Fellows program.

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