RIP DOWN THOSE DAMS: An Open Letter to Judge Simon on the Dwindling Salmon Population in our Northwest Waters

It’s no secret that the issue of sustainability and restoration of wild salmon is near and dear to my heart, not only as a restaurant owner but also as a father and a grandfather. The concept of sustainability and restoration is rooted in our future. If we hope to leave future generations with access to the same wholesome and delicious foods we enjoy today, we simply must make sustainability and restoration a priority.

At Duke’s we have been working with organizations like Long Live the Kings, Salmon Safe and Save our Wild Salmon for many years. Together we aim to educate consumers and legislators alike about the implications of the disappearing salmon population in the Snake River and elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest. We aim to empower our friends and neighbors through education, in hopes that together we can be the voice of change. When I heard that Judge Michael Simon was asking for public feedback on actions the government should be taking to restore wild salmon populations in our local waters, I naturally jumped at the opportunity to provide commentary.

If you are concerned to learn that 90% of the sockeye salmon population in the Snake River disappeared right after the four Snake River Dams were built. If you are concerned to learn that the wild salmon population was once 10 – 16 million and is now a mere 400,000 – 500,000 then I encourage you to read my complete letter to Judge Simon. While you’re at it, I encourage you to express your concern as well. Together we can restore the salmon population in our own backyard and protect this natural habitat for future generations.


If you would like to provide your own commentary, I encourage you to contact Judge Simon:

Honorable Michael Simon
Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse
Room 1327
1000 Southwest Third Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97204-2944

Here at Duke’s Chowder House we are committed to sustainability and restoration of wild salmon, both in our kitchens and through our community involvement. If you would like to learn more about the sustainability and restoration movement, I encourage you to peruse our website and read our blog. Stay informed and get involved, together we truly can be the difference!

February 16, 2017
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