JANUARY 1996

JANUARY 1996 FULL ISSUE

FISHY SCIENCE: HOW SCIENTISTS ENDANGER THE SALMON

By PAUL KOBERSTEIN

In spite of heroic efforts to stop it, the annoying drumbeat of extinction for In spite of heroic efforts to stop it, the annoying drumbeat of extinction for Pacific salmon is getting louder. All kinds of tricks have been tried. Experts from all over the world have been called for advice. Sadly, nothing, not hatcheries, not tree planting or cattle fencing, not even the Endangered Species Act, has worked.

The most telling measurement of the Pacific salmon's sickness is taken in the Snake River, where a remnant of what once numbered in the millions is barely hanging on. The public is paying $500 million a year for grotesquely unsuccessful recovery efforts.

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Paul Koberstein