An international coalition of scientists, environmentalists, conservationists and fishers says the Northwest is on the verge of a fish crisis.
In a new report, the Alliance of the Pacific Islands (API) warns that the Pacific Northwest could lose up to 90 percent of its wild fish populations by 2040.
“Our fisheries are declining faster than ever before,” said John Fagan, a scientist and member of the API’s board of directors.
“The Northwest is a big part of our future.”
Fagan, who served as assistant secretary of the Interior Department from 2010 to 2016, is among a handful of scientists who have spent the past two decades studying the fate of the Northwest Pacific’s wild salmon, bass and herring.
In the report, he said he is concerned that the species could be “devastated” if climate change continues unabated.
“It is our assessment that the Northwest has the potential to become a very vulnerable area in terms of wild-caught fish stocks and species recovery,” he said.
The report comes amid a broader debate about the future of fish stocks in the Northwest.
Last year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a “white paper” warning about the potential threat of global warming to wild fish stocks.
In the report and a series of other recent research papers, the APIs authors, which include several senior researchers from the University of Washington, the University at Albany, the California Academy of Sciences, the Smithsonian Institution, the United States Geological Survey and others, warn that wild salmon populations are now falling more rapidly than ever.
The Northwest has long been considered the world’s fish capital, with an estimated 50,000 wild salmon caught each year.
But the scientists say that as populations decline, the Northwest could be losing as many as 90 percent.
The report says the region could lose as much as 50 percent of the salmon fisheries in the Pacific.
“The Northwest may lose 90 percent or more of the wild salmon fisheries that exist,” said Fagan.
“I think that there are really very good reasons for concern.
I think that is a problem. “
What we’re seeing is a dramatic and sudden decline in the wild fish stock.
I think that is a problem.
I don’t think it is an accident.
Fisheries are vital to the health of the entire Northwest. “
And I think it’s an issue that the science tells us we have a serious risk of losing.”
Fisheries are vital to the health of the entire Northwest.
The region’s salmon run, for example, supports up to 80 percent of all the U:S.
salmon catches, according to the APi report.
But Fagan said that is starting to change, as more people and businesses move to the region.
Fagan said the decline of wild salmon stocks is not a result of climate change, but is instead due to a combination of factors.
“There’s a whole array of things happening,” he explained.
“We have a very changing climate, we have warmer water temperatures, we’re moving towards more invasive species.
We’ve got the expansion of fishing and urbanization.
Fishing is now largely concentrated along the Pacific coast, where fishermen are increasingly dependent on new technologies to fish their catch. “
In the last 20 years, the amount of time that we’ve had to catch salmon has increased from 10 years to over 30 years, and the time to catch is changing.”
Fishing is now largely concentrated along the Pacific coast, where fishermen are increasingly dependent on new technologies to fish their catch.
Fagan’s report notes that the U., S. and Canadian fisheries are experiencing a major expansion, which means that more and more of their resources are now going toward catching only fish.
Fucking salmon is no longer a fishing specialty, he warned.
“You have to think about it like you are trying to find a needle in a haystack,” he added.
“There is no way to get it out of there.
And the problem is that there’s no way out.”
Fishers have to find ways to find the salmon, especially in the warmer Pacific Ocean, where salmon have more room to run and are able to catch larger numbers.
“Fish are a great target for disease.
They’re not necessarily healthy.
They can be very susceptible to parasites and pathogens.
And we have very limited ability to capture them,” Fagan added.
And yet, the report points out, the Pacific salmon is not the only fish in danger.
“Our species is in a very bad state.
It is being killed off by predators.
It’s being depleted by overfishing and pollution,” Faggons said.”
That is the bottom line.
We have a fish problem, and we need to solve it,” he concluded.
Fucking salmon, or salmon poisoning, is an insidious problem that has plagued the Northwest for decades.
It affects everything from wild salmon to domestic fish and birds.
Faggons warned that the problems are growing worse by the day.
“This is a global problem, a regional problem,” he told the Associated Press