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SALMON IN CRISIS: IN SEARCH OF A SOLUTION FOR THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
Lackey, R T. SALMON IN CRISIS: IN SEARCH OF A SOLUTION FOR THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST. Presented at Chataqua Lecture, Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship, Corvallis, OR, February 8, 2002.
Throughout the Pacific Northwest, since 1850, all wild salmon runs have declined and some have disappeared. Billions of dollars have been spent in a so-far failed attempt to reverse the long-term decline. Each year, hundreds of millions of dollars continue to be spent in various restoration programs. How can nearly everyone be in favor of restoring wild salmon, yet the long-term prognosis appears to be so grim? Fisheries biologists can help craft restoration plans, but they are unable to offer any easy, painless approaches that will actually restore wild salmon runs. Restoring most wild salmon runs in the Pacific Northwest to anything resembling historic levels will be arduous and will entail substantial economic costs and social disruption.