Focusing on the Columbia River as part of Pastoral Letter Steering Committee, traveling around the Northwest to
public hearings and working as an environmental scientist, has given me a chance to think and hear a lot about salmon.
My more recent appointment to the National Marine Fisheries Service Technical Recovery Team for the Willamette
and Lower Columbia River endangered salmonid restoration planning has added to that an opportunity to interact with
fisheries biologists a good deal.
Understanding this background, please note that I speak as an individual rather than representing either group here. I
have two bottom line messages I’d like to give you:
1. Thinking of the salmon fishery in isolation from other parts of our economy is futile
2. There is not enough water in the Columbia River to meet the aspirations of all the user groups: Whether we
make societal decisions, or choose to effectively make them by inactivity, some distinguishable groups of
people are going to lose out and pay a high price.
Kolmes, S. Remarks. In: Microbehavior and Macroresults:Proceedings of the Tenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute ofFisheries Economics and Trade, July 10-14, 2000, Corvallis, Oregon, USA.Compiled by Richard S. Johnston and Ann L. Shriver. InternationalInstitute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET), Corvallis, 2001.