Title

The Decline of Wild Pacific Salmon

Date of Award

5-30-2007

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Degree Name

Master of Env Policy Mgmt

Department

Environmental Policy And Management

Advisor

Steven Bissell

Keywords

Pacific salmon; Pacific salmon -- Habitat -- Washington (State) -- Puget Sound Region; Pacific salmon fisheries -- Law and legislation -- United States; wild Pacific salmon

Abstract

As threatened and endangered species, wild Pacific salmon are in peril. This paper discusses the differences of the five species of wild Pacific salmon. As salmon go through several stages of their lifecycles, they face a myriad of threats to their existence. Threats from humans in the form of hydropower dams, habitat destruction, harvesting issues, and hatcheries are explained. A draft recovery plan for salmon in the Puget Sound area of Washington State is used as a case study. Strengths and weaknesses of this plan are discussed. The paper then discusses the need for growth management laws supporting salmon habitat and a change in individual behaviors if wild Pacific salmon sustainability is to become a reality.

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