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International Year of the Salmon Launch Event

Please join us at the International Year of the Salmon Launch Event in Boston: The President's and the People's Fish: The Cultural and Historical Importance of Atlantic Salmon in New England Co-Hosted by NOAA Fisheries, New England Aquarium, Atlantic Salmon Federation, and Downeast Salmon Federation When: Tuesday, October 30, 2018, at 7 p.m. Where: Simons IMAX® Theatre at the New England Aquarium Register: New England Aquarium website (Free)
Join us for a fascinating lecture with Catherine Schmitt (right, top) author of The President's Salmon and the Honorable Madonna Soctomah (right, below), former Passamaquoddy Tribal Representative with the Maine State Legislature and St. Croix International Waterway Commissioner.
This lecture launches the U.S. East Coast celebration of the International Year of the Salmon, an effort to raise awareness about the challenges salmon face from environmental change and human activities across the Northern Hemisphere.

Crossing Countries and Cultures
Salmon undertake epic migrations through rivers and oceans that take them across borders, languages, cultures, and economies. 
Every spring for thousands of years, the rivers that empty into the North Atlantic Ocean have turned silver with migrating fish, including the Atlantic salmon, the "king of fish."  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.
Inspiring Traditions
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 at Risk
Now countries need to come together to help save salmon. Human interference -- in the forms of development and environmental change -- threatens this fantastic traveler of the Northern Hemisphere.
Come learn more and help launch the International Year of the Salmon. Admission is free. Please register on the New England Aquarium website.

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