Salmon salvation In the Pacific Northwest
(Washington, Oregon and Idaho)
For some time now, people have been campaigning,
for the protection of the salmon on the Columbia and Snake rivers. And recently, they had a victory when the court stopped the Bushes administration salmon plan.
Text is quoted out of a letter from The Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition:
" The court ruling invalidating the Bush Adminstration's $6
billion Federal Salmon Plan was a great victory for salmon, and
has created a stir throughout the Pacific Northwest - - not all of
Soon after the ruling, the Governors of Washington, Oregon, and
Idaho began to hold closed-door meetings with the Bush
Administration in an apparent effort to craft some type of
"compromise". Given the Administration's dismal record on salmon
recovery, salmon and fishing advocates are convinced that any
so-called "deals" that are reached in secret meetings with the
Bush Administration will only further harm wild salmon and
steelhead - and the businesses and communities that rely upon
In order to protect and restore our wild salmon and steelhead,
they need real protections today.
Now the governors of Washington, Oregon and Idaho are holding talks behind closed doors with the Bush government. Should one be worried about this? Well that of course depends what they are talking about. I suspect that in due time, they will become open about it, and say what they might have to say.
However if this is good news for the salmon, I can not tell from where I am,
and as such I do support those in the Pacific Northwest who feel they should act,
in the importance of the salmon, and there ecological, economical and cultural heritage.
Saving the Salmon not only has ecological value, but also economic and cultural value. Let me be a bit more clear, not so long ago, there was this article about the Salmon being late, and people being worried that there were so few already mounting up from the sea. I have not followed it up, but would say that having read nothing new about it, or nothing worryingly that probably solved itself,
when the water got clearer allowing the salmon to swim upstream. As someone said there were probably large groups of salmon waiting just off stream.
Now some may wonder about the 3 parts mentioned here: ecological, economical and cultural.