A great deal is known about economic and social adjustments in modern societies, but the two are not well
integrated in social science literature. The unique biological conditions in the fishery further complicate decision making at
both the micro and macro levels. An assessment is made of how well current private and public sector decision-making in the
United States utilizes knowledge from the social and biological sciences in management of the Columbia River fishery. The
interdisciplinary concept of social capital is used to integrate knowledge from fishery biology, resource economics, and
systems science. Recommendations are made for reform of public sector management of the Columbia River Fishery.
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