Salmon Runs in the Columbia River system are being systematically ruined by the pseudo science ecologist/ environmentalists who are incharge.
If it was not for the pseudo science of ecology we could have infinitely more fish in northwest rivers and beyond. The environmentalists actually are the real cause of fish declines. The original numbers we have for salmon runs come form canning facilities along the Columbia river more than a century ago. Everything else they have to say about the fish is fabrication. The salmon had to climb cascades as difficult and worse than Willamette falls in Oregon city today. The Indian tribes controlled the salmon at these points of difficult uphill cascades passage in the gorge for several thousand years. The river was much more polluted than it is today when salmon runs were much larger. The Indian populations along the Columbia river were higher per square mile concentrated along the river than anywhere else in north America at the time in pre Columbian times. Beavers had everything dammed and were so numerous the river was fouled by Beaver feces and from the Indian populations along the rivers and streams. Those nutrients fed the salmon runs. In some ways today the rivers are too clean for fish to thrive as much as they can and fish hatcheries can also be placed further down stream to more tidal areas of the river system like in the Willamette river itself right downtown. There is horrible missed opportunity in developing the 'resource' and worst of all the fisheries selected the best salmon for the hatchery fish and the eco environmental flakes designate those as unnatural fish which is helping to destroy river and ocean survival traits of various species. The truth is absolutely not allowed . Ensured are stupid jobs for idiot people and the salmon and the economic value of these salmon is suffering as a result