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Oceans are Sick

by Abel Workman
Lewiston Tribune, October 13, 2019

Graphic: Estimated Survival Probability for Snake River Chinook and Steelhead from Lower Granite Dam to beyond Bonneville Dam (1994-2019) Oceans are where fish such as salmon and steelhead spend 65 to 75 percent of their lives.

Oceans now are being very badly abused.

Pollution by all countries and over-harvesting of fish by all countries are the reasons for poor fish populations.

Fish all along the Pacific Coast all the way up to Alaska are down.

Most of these rivers don’t have dams, gillnets or predator refuges on them.

Environmentalists, Indians, and the Idaho Fish and Game Department have tried to be Mother Nature by letting water out of Dworshak Dam, making high water in August now natural.

Is it no wonder fish are down? We would be much wiser to spend our money on ocean cleanup than on dam removal.

Abel Workman, Weippe, Idaho
Oceans are Sick
Lewiston Tribune, October 13, 2019

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