Saving Salmon Together was founded in Kamchatka in 2006 by local indigenous groups, fishermen, and Sergei Vakhrin, a prominent Russian environmental activist, journalist, and historian.
The group’s action plan to reduce illegal salmon harvest and waste on the Kamchatka peninsula earned the approval of the Kamchatka ministry of fisheries and legislature. In 2011, Vakhrin and Saving Salmon Together broadened the organization to include high-level scientists and regional lawmakers.
The Kamchatka peninsula remains perhaps the best undeveloped salmon stronghold region in the world, accounting for up to 25% of Pacific salmon. Vakhrin has worked with Wild Salmon Center to conserve key Kamchatka salmon rivers such as the Kol, Zhupanova, and Bolshaya, through protected areas and sustainable fishing. This year, Vakhrin and partners earned a ban on driftnet fishing in the Russian Far East, after nearly a decade of writing and lobbying to stop the destructive practice.
Saving Salmon Together also works to restore fishing rights for local populations; reduce illegal fish harvest; develop ecotourism; and increase public awareness about conservation among salmon watersheds residents, visitors, and users, through events such as the Saving Salmon Together festival.
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