As we prepare to celebrate Endangered Species Day this Friday, the website Voices for America’s Wildlife is highlighting stories from around the country about why farmers, fishermen, hunters, businessmen, faith leaders, Tribal leaders, and many others support protections for wildlife under the Endangered Species Act. Today’s video below features Roger Thomas, who has been taking families fishing for salmon off the California coast since the late 1960s.
Roger’s been working for decades to protect and sustain the salmon fishery, and he knows that protecting endangered species in the Bay-Delta estuary helps ensure that there is adequate water flowing to sustain fall run Chinook salmon, which form the backbone of the salmon fishery in California. Working with the Golden Gate Salmon Association, conservation groups, and many other fishing organizations, fishermen like Roger have stood up for Endangered Species Act protections in the Bay-Delta, because they know that protecting endangered salmon protects their livelihoods.
With the opening of the commercial salmon fishery earlier this month, now’s a great time to enjoy fresh California King (Chinook) salmon. And as you enjoy salmon on the barbeque this weekend or this summer, take a moment to give thanks for California’s salmon runs and for the Endangered Species Act, which helps sustain them now, and for future generations.