GUIDO RAHR, “WHERE HAVE ALL THE WILD SALMON GONE?”

October 17, 2019

“Protecting a river system before it’s broken is a far cheaper and simpler strategy than trying to rebuild a river after it has been degraded.”
In 1998, Pete Soverel of the Wild Salmon Center hired Guido Rahr as the organization’s first executive director. Guido was also one of the first western anglers in Kamchatka, and he came to Pete with a vision: a Pacific Rim network of protected salmon rivers, or strongholds. With an expanding staff, Rahr and conservation director Xanthippe Augerot, reoriented toward preemptively protecting Russia and North America’s salmon strongholds, making them the center of our work. Protecting a river system before it’s broken is a far cheaper and simpler strategy than trying to rebuild a river after it has been degraded. And the fate of salmon for the entire region depends on a viable network of strongholds.