RE: NANFA-- summary of Klamath River flow ruling and status

Jay DeLong (
Tue, 7 May 2002 19:10:15 -0700

> This begs the question, are Pacific commercial fisherman a
> Democratic constituency? I honestly don't know; these fishermen are
> certainly taking a hit on this issue.

Who knows, but I'll hold they're a dying breed and small in numbers.
Besides, the spin people like to put on this about fishermen vs. farmers
really misses the point. The habitat has been torched by pollution,
siltation, dams, development and more. To restore southern salmon
populations to the point they are commercially viable means making
environmentally-wise land use changes all up and down the river, in
communities, agricultural areas, etc. These will involve conserving
spawning and overwintering habitat, assuring clean flowing water, etc.
People won't be willing to make the necessary sacrifices, so they'll
sacrifice the fish. It may already be too late to resume historical
commercial fisheries, but it's not too late to protect the salmon from

Jay DeLong
Olympia, WA
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