Across the world in 2019 countries and communities are celebrating the International Year of the Salmon, an initiative between NGOs, national, state, and local entities. Scientific and educational programming will foster awareness and understanding of wild salmon and their importance to cultures and communities across the globe. The goal: to build resilience for salmon and people.
Wild Atlantic salmon disappeared from the waters of Lake Champlain nearly two centuries ago. Only in recent decades and after great effort have they begun to recover. The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum will be participating in IYS across departments in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership, and many others local organizations. We aim to increase public knowledge and awareness about the legacy of salmon in our region through our educational programming, professional development courses, and the ’19 voyage of Lois McClure. Because the Atlantic salmon (Salmon salar) requires a holistically healthy environment, their return to the rivers and streams of the Champlain Valley has been a long process encompassing ecology, history, and policy making. As such, it will be an excellent access point for the topics addressed through LCMM’s cross-disciplinary programming.
In addition to these year-round events, the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership has designated the schooner Lois McClure as the flagship for the International Year of the Salmon here in the Champlain watershed. This summer, the replica canal boat will travel throughout the region educating the public about history, ecology, and conservation through the story of Lake Champlain salmon. As she travels between ports along Lake Champlain and down the Richelieu, thousands of visitors will learn the stories of environmental change, human impacts, and the feats of ingenuity and cooperation underway to bring Salmo salar back to these waters.
Join the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum and the Lois McClure as we join with organizations across the world to examine science, history, and culture through this majestic species!