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Salmon Wasted

by Robert L. Parrett Jr.
Lewiston Tribune, March 20, 2005

The state of Idaho is squandering one of the best natural resource it has by not taking advantage of its rivers and streams and restoring salmon populations. Many of Idaho's rivers provide ideal conditions to grow salmon populations.

Restoring salmon populations to what they were back in the 1950s would bring millions in economic spending back to Idaho. The basic fact is fishermen spend money on their hobby, both directly and indirectly. The cost to restore the salmon populations would be returned immediately when the salmon populations return, bringing with them the fishermen who have left seeking better fishing grounds elsewhere.

There are numerous organizations which already are working on re- establishing salmon populations. In this era of computers a simple Internet search can help the average citizen get involved with this task. As residents of Idaho, we will all benefit from our efforts.

Robert L. Parrett Jr., Moscow
Salmon Wasted
Lewiston Tribune, March 20, 2005

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