Senator Craig is a piece o' work. Does the phrase "in the pocket of the special interests" ring a bell?
Without counts, the folks who care nothing about fish runs, or habitat, or anything but their next campaign war chest, can continue to set national policy. The people of Idaho who care about fishing should turn him into the lobbyist he already is. JMHO.
This is the Fish Passage Center that counts fish at all the Columbia dams ... we've been posting about this possibility for months. Our federal elected officials let the rider on the appropriations bill survive.
Without reliable, scientific fish counts, both fish and fishers lose.
I think I may have eaten my last Idaho potato. Senator Craig, I hope there is justice in the world for you.
The Fish Passage Center has been responsible for counting. There are other agencies that count here and there, but lack the independence necessary to earn them scientific peer reviewed approval. Also, the FPC ran the pit tagging program to count out-migrants. No other agency does that. They also monitor critical habitat, like the chum spawning areas below Bonneville. No one else does that. There are some agencies that do some parts of the process, but none that do it all and some things are not done by anyone else. Money beat science on this one.