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Resilience in Lower Columbia River Salmon Communities

Irene E. Martin


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In 1992, the first listings of Columbia River salmon under the Endangered Species Act occurred. Regulation of the Columbia River gillnet fishery since that time has greatly reduced fishing time and economic return to the fishing fleet. The counties where two-thirds of the gillnetters reside have registered negative social statistics during this period, including drug and alcohol abuse rates, incomes, and mortality rates, among others. The fishing communitiesí attempts to cope with this change, their strategies for resilience, and the potential consequences for their ability to advocate on behalf of salmon should they be further weakened are discussed. The possibility exists that the gillnet population could abandon its commitment to the Columbia River and settle in other areas.

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Columbia River; Columbia River commercial fisheries; Columbia River fishing community; Commercial fishing community social statistics; Columbia River gillnet fishery
Ecology and Society. ISSN: 1708-3087