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by Deanna Birkholm
March 19th, 2001
Count Your Blessings
Archive of Ladyfisher Articles
I had an email from a friend on assignment in the
Indian Ocean, explaining the lack of fishing regulations
(this place has none) and the abuse which occurs because
of it. It angered me, and I've made some inquiries about
the situation. More on that if and when I get any answers.
I've mentioned from time to time the terrible situation
with the salmon and steelhead here in the Northwest - it
was at one time the Salmon Capitol of the World.
There may never be an acceptable fix. It is nearly
impossible to restore what has been so criminally abused
here by both the State and Tribal authorities.
There are other problems across the country, degradation
of watersheds, overfishing, illegal fishing and all sorts
But the good news is for the most part you and I can have
a say, be active and make a difference. We can form groups,
join Trout Unlimited or other local fishing groups who have
a voice. We can add our names to petitions, support those
elected folks who support the fisheries and the habitat.
We can vote out of office those who don't listen! We can
contribute financially to politicians or groups
whose interests match ours - and we can complain loudly
if they renege on their stated positions or promises.
We have the right to protest and be active - it is also
On the other hand, how would you feel if you were sent
somewhere and saw the fishery and ecology abused and
had no voice? No options?
Don't just count your blessing folks. At least here
we can make a difference. ~ The LadyFisher
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