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January 24, 2000
Contact: Chuck Bolland, (360) 902-2255

Partnership educates kids about salmon restoration

SEATTLE–Teachers from across Washington are converging at Ivar's Salmon House here January 25 (10:00 A.M.), to learn the lessons they need to teach their pupils how to help wild salmon thrive.

The one-day seminar is the result of a partnership between Ivar's and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to promote wild salmon restoration and environmental awareness.

"Wild salmon restoration in Washington will occur only if the people who live in our watersheds want it to happen," said Jeff Koenings, director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. "We can provide the scientific information about what salmon need. But we can't keep their rivers cool and clean, protect their eggs and young from floods and being smothered by sediments. Only landowners, business people, local government officials and citizens can do that."

"I can't think of a better way to ensure our efforts to restore wild salmon runs succeed than to educate the next generation to avoid the mistakes we made," he added.

In the seminars, teachers are provided WDFW educational materials to help the teachers prepare their lessons. They also receive information for distribution to children in their classes. Last year 80 teachers participated in this Salmon in the Classroom Program.

WDFW and Ivar's also have teamed up to educate school children by arranging class trips to the Salmon House to hear Native Americans tell salmon-related stories. The stories help children understand the importance of salmon in tribal cultures and economies.

Finally, WDFW and Ivar's will host a Salmon Release Celebration early next year at the Salmon House.