Hooked the Wrong Species
by Spencer Higley
Seattle Times, November 17, 2007
Reader Tobias Person ["Seared in memory: Salmon cut in huge chunks," Northwest Voices, Nov. 10] states, "Those whose livelihood, food and identity are tied to salmon should have a larger voice" regarding protection of salmon.
My son is a professional salmon fisherman and I like salmon as much as most. Fishermen should have a voice but those of us whose lives depend upon electricity and the power that comes from water-power dams far outnumber the fishermen, and, accordingly, should have a far-larger voice than fishermen regarding removal of power-producing dams.
As society searches for alternatives from which to maintain electricity supplies, we should keep in mind that even a small-percentage drop in the electricity supply often leads to blackouts, which cause much greater inconvenience to many more people than the shortage of salmon could.
The opinions and supporting documents are available here.
Idaho's Sockeye: FCRPS Biological Opinion NOAA Fisheries' Executive Summary, 10/31/7
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