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Eat Wild Salmon
By Chasina Worman


November 03, 2005

I am sorry that Ms. Fiel has been missed informed. Alaska unlike other places has done a magnificent job of managing its salmon population. Alaska is not fishing out its sea life population. Conservation and sustaining this amazing resource is important to Alaskans. The Alaska constitution is unique in that it has an article that mandates thast renewable resources shall be utilized, developed and maintained on the sustained yield principle. In addition to this the industry is ran on the following Sustainable Salmon Fisheries Policy principles:

1) Wild salmon population and their habitats must be protected.
2) Fisheries must be managed to allow adequate escapement to conserve and sustain salmon production and maintain ecosystem functioning.
3) Effective salmon management systems must be established and applied to regulate human activities that affect salmon.
4) Public support and involvement for sustained use and protection of salmon resources must be maintained.
5) In the face of uncertainty, salmon stocks, fisheries, artificial propagation and essential habitats must be managed conservatively.

As a fisherman I can assure you that the last thing fisherman want to do is to wipe out and destroy sea life. Fishing is a way of life that has been passed down for generations and will hopefully continue for many generations to come. Fishing is a way of life not just a job. The fishermen of Alaska have too much invested in the environment not to respect it and insure that the wildlife is preserved. As of now the salmon in Alaska are abundant, well managed and are nowhere near extinction. Please continue to enjoy wild salmon, it is a healthy, safe, and abundant food. However, I would like to warn you that Atlantic (farmed) salmon is a threat to the environment and not a healthy food choice. If you would like to find out more about the harms of farmed salmon please visit

I hope that this clears up your confusion and that you understand it is not immoral or unethical to eat salmon. Alaskan salmon, on the contrary, is one of the safest and healthiest foods available.

Eat Wild Salmon,

Chasina Worman
Tomball, TX - USA



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