Regarding the tribes latest press
release; It is unfortunate that the
same old words, phrases and
misinformation is used in this article
as all the previous press from any
tribe or environmental organization.
What I have written here will be
properly credited, unlike the pure
opinion and emotional outcries that
many times takes over our news sources
simply because they are repeated
Words have meaning and unfortunately
there are people who use words in such
a way that the reader is misled. I am
talking specifically about unfounded
assertions that have no basis in
science or biology.
Numerous assertions appears in this
article where the writer says, "these
dams are killing the fish." This is
misinformation designed to elicit an
emotional response from the reader.
The real fact is that dams do not kill
fish. The writer may be of the opinion
that dams keep fish from spawning
above them, but he doesn't say that,
he says dams are killing fish, there
is a vast difference.
Another unsubstantiated assertion is
in this phrase, "fish will continue
towards extinction unless the barrier
of the dams is neutralized."
This assertion has no basis in
science, nor have any studies shown
this to be the case. It is propaganda
designed to influence those who will
not or can not do the research to
disprove the issue. They think that if
they just say somehting repeatedly,
people will believe it, and the sad
part is that they are right.
The dams have been in place for almost
a century and in that time salmon
numbers have peaked and ebbed many
times. This is historical fact that
can be sunstantiated by the records.
This should be proof positive that
dams are not the cause of any present
It was not very difficult to find an
opposing opinion by a valid NOAA
fisheries scientist that concluded;
"Scientist Says Dams May Not Be
Limiting Fish Recovery ." This paper
can be found here:
This same Hoopa writer says this, "The
dams are a major reason why salmon
runs have declined to their lowest
levels ever." Again, he provides no
science to support the assertion, this
is because there is none, it is just
another oft repeated assertion that
has no basis in reality or science.
One more unfounded assertion and I
will go on to others things. The
writer says, "The owners of the dams
apparently don't understand that you
cannot just take a salmon for a ride,
dump it in the river above the dams
and expect the salmon to begin
spawning in an unfamiliar area, said
Clifford Lyle Marshall, Chairman of
the Hoopa Valley Tribe."
There is virtually no difference
between trucking the fish or barging
the fish. Here is another point of
view. This is from a US Corps of
Engineers research review. "Other new
research that may shed light on the
vagaries of barging fish reported that
overall, barged fish were in better
shape than their inriver brethren,
based on lab tests that assessed their
ability to ward off marine bacteria."
This review can be found in its
So, I ask you, is it more reasonable
to listen to the almost hysterical
assertions from special interest
groups that have no proof of what they
claim, or is it more reasonable to
look to the science and history?