Scientific panel says NMFS killing too many endangered salmon

Kitsap Business Journal


   Kitsap, WA - 3/8/02 -A scientific panel appointed by the National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS) has issued a report calling the federal agency’s sport and commercial harvest levels for salmon “biologically unsustainable.”

   In 1999, fisherman caught about 970,000 salmon, including a percentage of stock listed for protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The report criticizes NMFS for not doing enough to protect the endangered fish.

   In an interview before the report was released, Bob Lohn, newly appointed Northwest regional director for NMFS, said salmon and ESA are an awkward fit. “The law wasn’t written to take into account that one of our motives is to kill ‘em and eat ‘em,” said Lohn.


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