Fish News: Technology to the Rescue? Technology Killed the Salmon!


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 14 December 2017

 

 

Fish News
Technology to the Rescue?

Technology Killed the Salmon

Scientists call for improved technologies to save imperiled California salmon,
NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region, December 13, 2017.


“Fewer wild winter-run Chinook returned as adults this year than any other year on record, yet scientists do not have enough information to forecast how many adults will return each year or identify the reasons why some years more return than others.”

They want DNA & Electronic Tracking tech., to better “inform water managers.”

Wow. The 100 year long collapse of the salmon, accelerating over the last fifty years, reaching the point of non-viability today, has not told them enough? The “trend line” is clearly pointing towards extinction. Will “improved” technology improve our ethics? Will it improve the basic behavior that’s driving that trend, the salmon to extinction? If not, this technology will not help the salmon.

We will just get a clearer picture of ourselves destroying them and their environment. I could tell you that without DNA & electronic tracking.

“Fewer wild winter-run Chinook returned as adults this year than any other year on record, yet scientists do not have enough information to forecast how many adults will return each year or identify the reasons why some years more return than others.”

I’ve got one: we’ve critically damaged the oceans off the coast of California, and the rivers reaching up to the Sierra Crestline, and the weather pattern linking the two together. How about that?

"These fish would have experienced extremely warm conditions during all stages of their life cycle in the rivers, Delta and ocean..."

Well, there it is. We’ve changed the conditions of the ocean ecosystems quickly and substantially, enough to put it beyond the ability of the salmon to adapt, as well as draining the oceans with industrial fishing.
In short, Humans have pushed the “big wheels” of global environmental change far enough to make the salmon disappear. We humans have a “knack” for making things disappear...

Well, at the very least we should provide the scientists with these capabilities, so we they can generate an accurate record precisely documenting the how much of the end of wild salmon in California and the East Pacific was due to our direct harvesting, and how much to our indirect behavior, to our destruction of their oceanic environment.

Inquiring minds need to know.



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