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Simpson Proposal

by Keith Carlson
Idaho Statesman, May 3, 2021

There appears to be a gag order on providing critical information.

Graphics: Predictions show natural-origin spawner abundance for the Snake River Basin will start to drop below the quasi-extinction threshold (50 spawners) within the next five years. (Molly Quinn/The Spokesman-Review) (Source: Nez Perce Tribe, staff research) The Idaho Fish and Game Commission and Department are required by Idaho law to preserve, protect, perpetuate and manage the fish and wildlife of Idaho. The Commission is to investigate and find facts regarding the status of the state's wildlife populations in order to give effect to the policy of the state. ( Idaho Code 36-103, 104 )

There is no evidence that this scientific information was provided to the legislature prior to the recent passage of Senate Joint Memorial 103, opposing Representative Simpson's plan to save Idaho's salmon.

There is scant evidence that Idaho Fish and Game has provided up-to-date scientific evidence to the Idaho public regarding the dismal plight of our fish.

In fact, there appears to be a gag order on providing such critical information.

Without availability of scientific data, how can the governor, legislature or public make informed decisions concerning our fish? 2021 is a fifth consecutive year of terrible returns of fish to Idaho waters.

There will be no fishing for spring chinook salmon on the Clearwater and much of the Snake River.

We are losing our spring chinook; our steelhead are close behind.

Idaho Fish and Game cannot remain silent.

Keith Carlson, Lewiston
Simpson Proposal
Idaho Statesman, May 3, 2021

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