Category Archives: salmon fisheries

Some words about those ravenous grizzly bears

What’s amazing, I think, in this second decade of the 21st century is the stupefying ignorance of many people to what has long been championed as the “web of life.” Indeed, a paperback my father gave me in my teen years bears those same words in its title. So, why is it so hard for some to appreciate the interconnectedness of the grizzly bear and migrating salmon? Duh. This article explores the issue.

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Anglers call for even more drastic action to save salmon

It’s pretty damn obvious, this article relates, that something is not right.

Retired Judge Redden: Take those dams down

Very pointed remarks from a federal judge who issued ruling after ruling in favor of the Pacific Northwest’s endangered salmon stocks. Listen, and watch, right here.

Wild salmon are not holding up, study finds

And the glitch is the release of hatchery-raised fish – mongrels – into the habitat. This feature from the NY Times does the explaining, quite well.

Bright signs for salmon in Maine streambeds

This is encouraging news from Maine. In the Pacific Northwest, the greatest thing humans could do to help recover salmon runs is start taking down some of the hydroelectric dams that have blocked their migrations now for many decades.

Some Alaskans to vote: Salmon or gold?

I wonder how Pennsylvanians in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton/Hazleton region would have voted had they been asked the question: Do we want to strip mine the land for anthracite coal, or do we want to preserve the forests and wildlife and fish that was there before we showed up. The choice, of course, was mining and the legacy is one of ruined land, sparse wildlife, acid mine drainage water pollution, and more. Voters in a southeast Alaska borough will be asked a similar question when they go to their polling place in early November. My gut feeling puts mining first, with salmon a distant second. What a damn shame.

Salmon run has a future as Oregon dam comes down

Another dam-removal success story is brewing in the Pacific Northwest. And what remains a boondoggle is the continued reliance on manmade “fake” lakes in the state parks system of many states, including Pennsylvania.