Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Support salmon and steelhead

Thanks to the Stanley City Council for voting to support the Salmon Economic Analysis and Planning Act (SEAPA) legislation now pending before Congress. The act would authorize a full economic and scientific study of the lower Snake River.

This vote, or resolution, by the City Council endorses this bill before Congress for funding and conducting a study by the National Academy of Science and the Comptroller General of the United States. Just ask the many business owners from the Stanley area about the effects of the loss of salmon and steelhead and how important salmon recovery is to their livelihoods and the general economy of Central Idaho.

Millions of dollars every year come from salmon and steelhead anglers, and a good portion of those dollars is spent in the Stanley area. Our wild salmon and steelhead runs are now in a state of decline, or nearing extinction. An all out effort locally, regionally and nationally is required to reverse these trends.

Idaho Steelhead & Salmon Unlimited represents approximately 2,000 anglers in and outside the State of Idaho. For 24 years, our members and board have worked tirelessly to restore our wild anadromous fish in Idaho. SEAPA is a critical element to help ISSU, anglers, and concerned citizens determine the true effects that salmon and steelhead contribute to the Idaho economy.

In addition, the science analysis of federal salmon protection, restoration, and recovery actions must be completed by an unbiased source. ISSU encourages our congressional delegation, as well as the Hailey, Ketchum and Bellevue city councils to join the Stanley City Council and more than 65 co-sponsors in Congress in supporting SEAPA.

Bill Boyer

Idaho Steelhead & Salmon Unlimited

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