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Two common trends: variable salmon returns and wasting taxpayer dollars

Posted on October 23, 2012by The Truth About Alaska Salmon

Emotions peaked at a recent Chinook Salmon Symposium in Anchorage that dared to delve into the declining King salmon in Alaska. The 2012 return has been dismal and follows a recent trend of declining returns.

Biologists point to ocean conditions
(resulting in lack of feed for small, vulnerable fish first entering the ocean) as a possible reason for the recent spell of low productivity and suggest that the issue is cyclical. Most experts suggest it will, as it’s done before, rebound.

Cost to the public for this expert opinion was free.

Meanwhile, 2100 miles to the south, a British Columbia judge is soon to release his report for reasons why the 2009 return of sockeye salmon to the Fraser River was equally dismal.

Cost to the public for his opinion will be about $30 million.

Oh, and the Fraser River sockeye did indeed rebound – the very next year in fact. Over 30 million salmon (the highest return in 100 years) returned in 2010.

Is there a lesson to be learned?

Yes indeed.

Lawyers and environmental groups know little about salmon but a lot about spending other people’s money.