Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Shifting baseline Historic Abundance on the Columbia


While biologists and managers are celebrating a relative strong return of Sockeye to the Snake River system this year, some perspective is in order. Returns to Redfish lake alone once numbered over 40,000 today we celebrate a thousand fish. While they may be temporarily spared from extinction it is critical that as advocates we don't loose sight of the historic baseline, however distant it might seem. See a couple of interesting pieces from Save our Wild Salmon's website.

Redfish Lake Sockeye
http://www.wildsalmon.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=156:snake-river-sockeye-returns-2009

Run Forecasts and Recent Disappointments
http://www.wildsalmon.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=131

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