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2 comments on “Rally for the River to Save Salmon and Orca

  1. I don’t live in WA, but have visited your beautiful state a number of times, thank God my brother lives there as it gives me a better reason to come. Needless to say, I have fallen in love. Not only by the lush trees, cozy weather and pleasant people, but by your waters and the Orcas. I’d like to thank organizations like you who non stop fight to save these amazing wonderful creatures. As part of the human race, I do feel an intense obligation to protect the Orcas and fight for their life. It was such an honor and a privilege to be a part of the Rally for the River . To be amongst everyone that had the same passion and cause and drive to fight and reason and address and hope that the Orcas can be saved. On my next visit, I wish I would be lucky enough to see one in the wild.

  2. An interesting Professional Paper was published in 1986; by Dr. D Chapman, titled: ‘Salmon and Steelhead Abundance in the Columbia River in the Nineteenth Century.’

    This Paper was published in the Journal ‘Transactions of the American Fisheries Society.’

    The paper’s Figure #1 shows a graph of ‘Total Catches of Chinook Salmon’ from 1868 through 1966. It shows that the ‘maximum annual catch’ of Chinook Salmon, 20 Million Kilograms, occurred in 1883; and by the early 1960’s the ‘annual catch’ had decreased to 2 million Kilograms.

    The ‘first Lower Snake River Dam,’ Ice Harbor project; came online in 1962; so therefore the significant decrease in ‘annual catch of Chinook Salmon’ from 20 Million Kilograms to 2 Million Kilograms occurred prior to the presence of any of the Lower Snake River Projects and they therefore had no influence in this decrease in ‘annual catch.’

    Perhaps ‘overfishing’ has been a major culprit?

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