As I skimmed through the local newspaper, I found the news about the Elwa Dam in the state of Washington USA, built in 1913. The dam is about to be decommissioned and dismantled to restore the Salmon run that was cut years ago. The report is published in many news portals including this one (http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2011/05/28/general-us-elwha-dam-removal_8489808.html).
What captured my attention the most is this statement “The fish are particularly important to members of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, whose ancestors have occupied the Elwha Valley for generations and whose members recall stories of 100-pound Chinook salmon so plentiful you could walk across the river on their backs.” Wow, walking on the back of the fish! Perhaps it is an expression to signify the fact that there were so many of them!.
The chinook salmon is the largest species in the salmon family and is also known by various other names such as the king salmon, tyee salmon, Columbia River salmon, black salmon, etc. Chinook salmon are highly valued, due in part to their relative scarcity compared to other salmon along most of the Pacific coast.
The American efforts can be seen from two angles. From one, one would be happy as the American government has realized some of their shortcomings and made an attempt to make some corrective measures. From another, one might say, perhaps the dam is after all due to be decommissioned owing to aging effects and its associated risks. In any case, the end result is still positive to the salmons, if somehow they are able to relearn the path followed by their ancestors years ago. Good luck salmons.
I can also recall the fact that 15 years ago, it was easy to catch fish in South China Sea. Despite the fact that I was a rookie in deep-sea fishing, we easily managed a handsome catch every time we went down to Pulau Pemanggil or Pulau Aur. There were simply a lot of fish. The situation is very different today. Why is this happening? Many answers can be speculated but the photo below is one form of answer.
So, may it be greed or convenience or perceived necessity, the environment and its dwellings are often subject to sacrifices. If we carry on at the same pace like what’s happening today, I’m afraid, there might not be anything left for our great grandchildren.