Thompson bill charts policy for wild Pacific salmon

A new bill co-written by Rep. Mike Thompson to protect and restore wild Pacific salmon ecosystems along the North American West Coast was introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday. Read more
Redneck

United States

#1 Apr 23, 2009
I, for one, would surely like to read the bill they are trying to pass.

Sounds good but won't believe anything until I see the bill submitted.

Remember..........Southern Callifornia is running out of water and will want what we have in the North.

Does this bill squeeze in some way to get our water?

Anything our governments says smells fishy to me..........
reader

Arcata, CA

#2 Apr 23, 2009
Don't you people realize the reality of the matter? The politicians don't want to solve social security. The politicians don't want to solve the fish crisis. The drop in the salmon fisheris began in the late 1970's. The demonstrations against logging really began in earnest in the late 1980's. Gee, did we ever see any demonstrations out on the waterfront to "SAVE THE FISH"? You know, like, SAVE THE WHALES? no. Do you ever see any demonstrations up at Lake Pillsbury demanding the waters of the Eel River be restored? no. Do you ever see demonstrations at wineries along the Russian River that use Eel River water to irrigate their crops of viticulture for the cultural elite at the expense of the fish in the Eel River? no.

If you think the problems of the west coast fisheries can be legislated away you deserve the fool in office who thinks you think so.
unanonymous

United States

#3 Apr 23, 2009
more farm fish and hatcheries. We can't continue to eat threatened species and expect them to grow populations.
Beel

San Francisco, CA

#4 Apr 23, 2009
Senator Thompson has a proven track record of being fish friendly. What part about Thompson "supporting healthy ecosystems" is objectionable? Isn't "voluntary, incentive-based conservation efforts" and public/private collaboration exactly what we need? Farmed fish and hatcheries are not part of a viable solution and have been a ecological failure.
I wish this bill success and look forward to the day when our rivers are teeming with salmon again.
Ernie

Eureka, CA

#5 Apr 23, 2009
I think the ecological failures are probably related to several dams in Humboldt, Trinity and Mendo, fertilizer, pesticide and herbicide runoff (among other poisons), over-fishing and some downstream flows from mining and clear-cutting.

The rivers are simply mismanaged, and it'll take more than Thompson's bill to get them back on track. It's a start, though.
Coho

Eureka, CA

#6 Apr 23, 2009
"Research shows it is far more cost effective to preserve a species by supporting healthy ecosystems than by trying to intervene after the damage has been done."
Only Thompson(D) could come up with this to promote his crafty Bill.

Does Thompson(D) mean he plans to support the end to exportation of Eel River water via a tube in a mountain to the Russian River - ending the grape-wine industry eco-subsidy?
or
Thompson (D) believes there is no reason to end the exporting of the Eel River water because it is not cost effective, trying to intervene after the damage has been done.

One thing is for sure the addition of the very popular "In the face of Climate Change" means the solution will be to end all salmon fishing by making it illegal instead of addressing the real problems.

Thus once again jerk politicians like Thompson(D) can come off like they are doing something when they really are selling out the eco-system to the highest bidder. Yes, he can have his cake and eat it too!
Just the facts Dano

Watseka, IL

#7 Apr 23, 2009
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) just released a study showing that stiped bass eat around 97% of stealhead as they migrate past "Clifton Court" on their way to the ocean.

This and several other studies done over the years keep coming up with the same results, it's the striped bass stupid!
reader

Sausalito, CA

#8 Apr 23, 2009
Coho wrote:
"Research shows it is far more cost effective to preserve a species by supporting healthy ecosystems than by trying to intervene after the damage has been done."
Only Thompson(D) could come up with this to promote his crafty Bill.
Does Thompson(D) mean he plans to support the end to exportation of Eel River water via a tube in a mountain to the Russian River - ending the grape-wine industry eco-subsidy?
or
Thompson (D) believes there is no reason to end the exporting of the Eel River water because it is not cost effective, trying to intervene after the damage has been done.
One thing is for sure the addition of the very popular "In the face of Climate Change" means the solution will be to end all salmon fishing by making it illegal instead of addressing the real problems.
Thus once again jerk politicians like Thompson(D) can come off like they are doing something when they really are selling out the eco-system to the highest bidder. Yes, he can have his cake and eat it too!
Thank you Coho. It takes a lot of guts to voice the truth of the matter.
jillian rigsbee

Charlotte, NC

#9 Jul 14, 2009
How do chettas make vitomin d.

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