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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.
 
Topics. This historical
Atlantic Salmon in their stream image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 11, 2009
2. Atlantic Salmon in their stream
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marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1990.
 
Location. 60° 47.262′ N, 148° 52.728′ W. Marker is in Anchorage, Alaska. Marker is on Portage Glacier Road. The marker is located at the Williwaw Salmon Viewing Platform. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Girdwood AK 99587, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 12, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 432 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 12, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.

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