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Atlantic Salmon-A Threat to the Chugach National Forest?

 
 
Atlantic Salmon-A Threat to the Chugach National Forest? Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 11, 2009
1. Atlantic Salmon-A Threat to the Chugach National Forest? Marker
Inscription. Commercial farming of Atlantic salmon using ocean net pens is important to the economy in several areas of the Pacific Northwest, especially along the coast of British Columbia.

However, net pen fish farming has been banned in Alaska since 1990 because of concerns about impacts to native salmon and steelhead.

As Atlantic salmon escape from pens, primarily during large storms, these fish have the opportunity to colonize where they do not naturally occur. The threats to native fish from such an “invasion” include transmission of diseases or parasites, competing for food, and competition for spawning and rearing habitat.

Currently, risks of Atlantic salmon spreading to streams on the Chugach National Forest appear to be low. But, as more of these fish continue to escape, their chances of becoming established in our streams still remains.

(Inscription beside the Salmon at the bottom left)
Atlantic salmon have large irregular shaped black spots on the gill cover and back.
 
Erected by Forest Service-Department of Agriculture.
 
Location. 60° 47.262′ N, 148° 52.728′ W. Marker is in Anchorage, Alaska, in Anchorage Borough. Marker is on Portage Glacier Road
Atlantic Salmon in their stream image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 11, 2009
2. Atlantic Salmon in their stream
. Click for map. The marker is located at the Williwaw Salmon Viewing Platform. Marker is in this post office area: Girdwood AK 99587, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Coho Salmon Life Cycle (here, next to this marker); 1964 Earthquake (approx. 4.1 miles away); Moose Calves (approx. 4.2 miles away); Our Living National Symbol (approx. 4.3 miles away); A Prickly World (approx. 4.3 miles away); Brown Bears of AWCC (approx. 4.3 miles away).
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 347 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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