Commentary: California too slow on salmon protection

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It’s not news that salmon populations have declined drastically. Last year, regulators voted to ban all salmon fishing along the Pacific coast of California and Oregon. Their actions wiped out the livelihoods of thousands of commercial fishermen, fish processors and charter boat operators.

The threat is so dire that regulators are expected to continue the ban through 2009.

So it seems incredible that in the tributaries of the state’s major rivers where salmon lay their eggs, suction gold mine dredging continues under regulations now badly out of date and inadequate to protect dwindling numbers of fish.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/homepage/story/60408.html

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