Can we restore salmon runs without hurting our economy?
Salmon are the lifeblood of fisheries in the Pacific Northwest, yet they have been in steep decline ever since Euro-Americans settled in the region. Up and down the West Coast of the United States, the past decade has seen a number of unprecedented collapses from the Sacramento River in California to the Kenai River in Alaska. Various reasons from over harvest to voracious predation have been cited as reasons for this collapse but seemingly the largest reason is a loss of spawning habitat. In a nation that relies upon dams and logging to sustain its population, are there feasible means of restoring these runs to their historic strengths without disrupting the economy? Also, do you believe the removal of large dams like the Elwah, Klamath and Snake River dams will benefit both humanity and the fish?