The President's and the People's Fish: The Cultural and Historic Importance of Atlantic Salmon in New England
Lecture by Catherine Schmitt, University of Maine/Sea Grant and Madonna Soctomah, Passamaquoddy Tribe
Every spring for thousands of years, the rivers that empty into the North Atlantic Ocean turn silver with migrating fish. The king of fish, the Atlantic salmon, once swam among the crowded schools. From New York to Labrador, from Russia to Portugal, sea-bright salmon defied current, tide, and gravity, driven inland by instinct and memory to the very streams where they emerged from gravel nests years before. Their journey inspired myths, stories, and cultural traditions across their range. For 80 years, the first Atlantic salmon caught by anglers in Maine's Penobscot River was presented to the President of the United States, one of many "first fish" rituals around the world and part of the intertwined history of people and nature. Salmon are at risk from environmental change and human development across the Northern Hemisphere. The epic migrations of salmon through rivers and oceans take them across borders, languages, cultures and economies. Saving these beautiful and influential creatures requires a uniquely large-scale solution.
The International Year of the Salmon sets out to protect salmon by bringing countries together to share knowledge, raise public awareness and take action. We have a chance to save not just salmon, but also the communities and cultures that depend on them.
Please join us to celebrate the launch of the International Year of the Salmon on Tuesday October 30, 2018 at the New England Aquarium, 1 Central Wharf, Boston MA at an event hosted by the the New England Aquarium, NOAA Fisheries, the Atlantic Salmon Federation, and the Downeast Salmon Federation.
Register online to reserve your spot. Admission is free.