Wild salmon are facing an upstream struggle to survive, despite the numerous conservation efforts. That’s a clear indication that something is very wrong. Most of the conservation money ends up in hatcheries and artificial habitats. Only a small fraction of it goes to preserving the untouched salmon strongholds.
The hard truth is, saving salmon needs a concerted effort from all of us. Here are some things you can do to be part of the solution.
If you are not all about talk, join a local salmon conservation project and give it all you have got. It is the only way to meet like-minded people and do something about the current situation. Usually, these programs meet regularly to plant trees, go on survey missions and other habitat restoration projects. It’s also the place where experts share insights on backyard design to enhance wildlife habitat.
Change Starts With You
Unfortunately, man is the cause of all salmon problems. If everyone tried to make things right on a personal level, we could stop further damage. Start by reducing runoff on your property. Rainwater carries all types of pollutants from urban areas and dumps it right into the rivers. That’s the main reason why salmon die before getting a chance to breed. Also, dispose of things like batteries and meds the right way to reduce toxins in runoff water.
Builders and homeowners need to start seeing swamps as features and not a nuisance. This mind shift will bring more awareness to people living near salmon habitats. And that goes a long way in securing a home for the fish. Builders should also use low impact development techniques to avoid creating too much toxic waste that eventually finds its way to the rivers. That way, this delicate food web will remain intact for the foreseeable future.