Where is their science...?
by Marshall Tarrents, comment on
of Senator Whitsett, 7/2/08, regarding introduction of
non-native salmon in Klamath Basin.
"Regarding restoration of salmon to the Upper Basin"; How can you
restore something that has not previously existed within that
I thought introduction of non-native species (Salmon) into a
waterbody was against the law.
Demand, and make them produce historical evidence of Salmon
habitat within the Upper Klamath Basin.
I seem to recall reading somewhere that the Klamath river, before
the dam was built, was a seasonal muddy stream that stunk, and was
contaminated with naturally occurring phosphorous. This was long
before farming came on the scene there.
Sucker fish ( a specie of carp) inhabit a wide range of river, and
stream drainages, and are therefore far from being endangered.
I am sure there is (somewhere) a biological census of fishes in
Western rivers and stream going back many, many years.
Sucker fish, or carp, are barely edible, as they are so full of
small bone clusters. I don't know about the Native tribes method
of preparation of suckers for food, but about the only way they
can be used is pickled, and canned. Then the bones soften, and you
can eat them with less danger of choking on bones in your
throat...! I learned of this method from an ole' timer when I
lived in Yaak, Montana in the early 1950's. They were 'put-up'
strictly as survival food for long, harsh Montana winters!
Also of several varieties of sucker fish (at least two), the
so-called "Red Horse" sucker that was so predominate within the
drainages there were often found to be 'full' of parasitic tape
worms! Ughh! I know this to be true, because I have seen them!
You have to be really hard-up to eat suckers in the first place.
For sucker fish to be held in high esteem by the Natives pretty
much indicates (to me) that that was all there was available to
them within that habitat!
Endangered Sucker fish are a ruse, just as the Salamanders were
considered to be, until it was shown that they existed in a
greater range of habitats than previously thought.
Just my .02 cents....