Salmon, notes David Montgomery, a professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington, are like a natural bank account. Generations of Native Americans and Scots lived off of the interest from their accounts, wrote Montgomery, in “King of Fish,” his popular history of 1,000 years of salmon on Earth. “Keeping our salmon account solvent over the long run,” wrote Montgomery, “will require returning to the proven practice of only withdrawing the interest.”
Montgomery is on the agenda on the evening of Dec. 3 to address participants at the start of the three-day Southwest Alaska Salmon Science Workshop, at the University of Alaska Anchorage recital hall in Anchorage.
Montgomery will also participate in a panel discussion at the workshop at the Anchorage Hilton on Dec. 4, on whether state and federal water quality standards sufficiently protect Bristol Bay salmon. The discussion will be preceded by the presentation of papers about whether current water quality standards for copper and other metals are likely to be protective of salmon, and if not, how best to determine an appropriate standard that will protect salmon.
Anthropologist Alan Borass, a professor of anthropology at Kenai Peninsula College, will address the workshop Dec. 5, also at the Anchorage Hilton, on gathering and using traditional ecological knowledge to inform the Environmental Protection Agency’s Bristol Bay watershed assessment.
More information about the workshop and how to register to attend can be found at www.southwestsalmon.org/symposium