The impacts of Climate Change on Salmon Fisheries in the Pacific North West also Threatens Traditional Ways of Life

Climate change to impact more than just fisheries in Pacific NW

PBS NewsHour highlights the nexus of climate change, politics and traditional rights and title in the Pacific North West in this article published July 18, 2012. The article documents how First Nation rights to fish within traditional territories are increasingly threatened by sea level rise and local climate warming (and the resulting melting of glaciers and warming of glacier-fed rivers). Historically, First Nations have had to contend with political pressures and quotas that inhibited their ability to create sustained fisheries-based local economies. With the added stressor or climate change, tribes in the Pacific North West of the United States – as well as aboriginal peoples everywhere – are concerned about the prospects of long-term economic and social well-being.

One group, the Swinomish Tribe, have undertaken an ambitious effort to combine scientific and traditional knowledge to better understand the immediate impacts of climate change and the long-term implications for generations to come.

To read the entire article, click here.

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