||Restoring wild salmon to the Pacific Northwest : chasing an illusion? /
Lackey, Robert T.
||National Health and Environmental Effects Research Lab., Corvallis, OR. Western Ecology Div.
|| U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Health and Environment Effects Research Laboratory,
Salmon fisheries--Law and legislation. ;
Salmon--Northwest, Pacific. ;
Pacific Northwest. ;
Salmon fishing--Law and legislation ;
Fish passages ;
Endangered species ;
Pacific Northwest Region(United States) ;
Natural resources management ;
Population trends ;
Fisheries management ;
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||82 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Throughout the pacific Northwest (Northern California, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, and the Columbia Basin portion of British Columbia), many wild salmon 'stocks' (a group of interbreeding individuals that is roughly equivalent to a 'population') have declined and some have extirpated. There have been substantial efforts to restore some runs of wild salmon; few have shown much success. Society's failure to restore wild salmon can be described as a policy conundrum that is characterized by: (1) claims by nearly everyone to be supportive of restoring wild salmon runs; (2) competing societal priorities which are at least partially mutually exclusive; (3) the region's rapidly growing human population and its pressure on all natural resources (including salmon and their habitats); (4) entrenched policy stances in the salmon restoration debate, usually supported by established bureaucracies; (5) society's expectation that experts can solve the salmon problem; (6) use of experts and scientific 'facts' by political proponets to bolster their policy positions; (7) inability of salmon scientists to avoid being placed in particular policy or political camps; and (8) policy positions that are couched in scientific terms or scientific imperatives rather than value-based societal preferences. Even with definitive scientific knowledge - and scientific knowledge will never be complete or certain - restoring most wild salmon runs in the Pacific Northwest would be an arduous and unlikely proposition.
Cover title. "Modified from a lecture presented at the conference: 'What We Don't Know About Pacific Northwest Fish Runs: An Inquiry into Decision-Making, ' Portland State University, July 7-8, 2000, Portland, Oregon." "The views and opninions expressed here do not necessarily represent those of any organization." Includes bibliographical references. Microfiche.