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I don't think that we are running out of time for saving the salmon. There are some groups that certainly claim this, that we have to do more every year to "save the salmon". However, the returning runs are large & while in-river harvest rates were below 10% in the late 1990's. they are currently up over 30% on many runs. If the salmon populations are truely declining, why are we more than tripling harvest. The problem is largely perception & political.
For example we've finally gotten permission to kill sealions that are eating salmon below Bonneville dam. The same year there was an agreement made with the tribes that they could harvest more salmon in good years. Guess what, the increase in allowable harvest is almost exactly the amount that is gained by killing off a bunch of sealions.
The electric ratepayers of the PNW are spending over $700million/year to improve salmon survival, but any gains made are met with increased harvest quotas. The salmon can't recover if we eat them instead of letting them spawn
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