Ted Williams on How Not to Save Salmon

May 14, 2008 By: Marshall Cutchin

Ted Williams says that instead of looking the real problem with salmon recovery — dams — squarely in the eye, the current administration, bent on controlling salmon predators, is doing a remarkable amount of tail-chasing. Beyond the fact that recovery can’t occur without the removal of four Snake River dams, there is no end to the number of predators. “Suppose the Bush administration prevails against squawfish, sea lions and terns. Is it then going to pacify the rest of nature? Will it attack cormorants, which eat more smolts than sea lions and terns combined? And what about orcas and those smolt-swilling walleyes and coastal cutthroat trout?” In the High Country News.