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 communities’ 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.

Authors: 
Irene E. Martin
Short Description: 
Part of a special feature on "Pathways to resilient salmon ecosystems."
Product Number: 
ORESU-R-08-015
Entry Date: 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Length: 
7 pp.
Size and Format: 
8 1/2 x 11
Source (Journal Article): 
Ecology and Society 13(2): article 23
Year of Publication: 
2008
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