Jay DeLong (
Fri, 5 Nov 1999 08:34:12 -0800

> The fish may be waiting to come back, but what about all the
> other organisms --
> the plankton, the microcrustacea, the algae, the worms, the mollusks, the
> plants, the amphibians, etc. -- that were part of that stream's
> ecosystem, and which are necessary to keep that fish alive?

Or the reverse. There's a tributary to the Columbia River where Warm
Springs Tribal biologists are discussing reintroducing mussels. Why?
Because the mussels disappeared when the river's salmon run disappeared.
Aquatic ecology is so complex-- we don't know about all the relationships
between the biological, chemical and physical aspects of that environment
(or ANY environment). It's so arrogant and irresponsible to look at the
living things and call one or two of them "resources" or "commodities", and
not view them in their ecological role.

Jay DeLong
Olympia, WA

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