By Scott Herning
April 10, 2015
The Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office recently reported in a Journal article that nearly half of the 15 salmon populations listed under the federal Endangered Species Act are increasing.
What base are they using to measure this increase? Are populations doing better than when listed under the ESA (already a crashed population) or a century ago?
A concept overlooked by fish managers is called “shifting baseline syndrome,” a term coined in 1995 by fisheries biologist Dr. Daniel Pauly. Read more…