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You're a great politician and lobbyist for your clients. You make a conciliatory statement and then one more statement to one-up what you perceive as the competition. I'll admit that I'm not familiar with the history of hatchery reform (and I suspect that you aren't either) but I'm wondering if you can support your contention that "it's clear that the tribes kicked off the reform movement and have been its chief practitioners." If you can't back it up, let's not be making statements like that. I can document that the tribes that I work with are resisting hatchery reforms suggested by two independent scientific review groups. But the tribes aren't the only ones - other agencies are, as well, and BPA doesn't want to fund the work that they are mandated to do. So, there's plenty of blame to go around.
My hope is that some day we won't need hatcheries. That's probably unrealistic. More realistic is to find a way to make hatcheries function with minimal detrimental effect on the populations that we are trying to save (it is becoming increasingly clear that any time spent in a hatchery affects the fish in ways that make them less able to function in nature and there is no way to completely prevent that).
I work closely with tribal fisheries research biologists and have a great relationship with them (they are co-managers, collaborators and friends). I don't see this as a competition. But having people constantly trying to stick their chest out and show that their group is doing better isn't serving the resource. You know, it's amazing what you can get done when you don't care who gets the credit. From my view, as a fisheries biologist who evaluates the effects of hatcheries, I see both innovation and a lack of it in all groups. I've worked with tribes in North Dakota, Arizona and the northwest and have found that Indians are no different from non-Indians - some look to make improvements, while others just want the fish and don't care where they came from. So, let's just work together toward fixing what we have all broken and stop caring about who gets the credit.
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