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August 4, 2011 at 4:01 PM

Vague fish-protection plan rejected by judge

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Take advantage of ruling

Editor, The Times:

As a fishing guide and business owner whose job depends on healthy fisheries, I am relieved that Judge James Redden saw through a vapid salmon plan from the Obama team and rejected it [“Judge rejects federal plan to protect fish as too vague,” NWWednesday, Aug. 3]. It was nothing more than the 2008 Bush plan warmed over and re-served.

The president’s next steps must address not just the court’s requirements, but far more importantly the needs and interests of our communities and economy here in the Northwest.

Real salmon recovery is an economic-development opportunity that our state and region has ignored for two decades. Salmon mean jobs, and we need to take advantage of the court’s ruling to finally restore endangered salmon in the Columbia and Snake Rivers. The Snake River especially presents our nation’s very best salmon-restoration opportunity.

Doing so will allow us to recapture thousands of lost jobs, rebuild our tourism sector and protect one of our region’s most valuable natural resources.

— Dave McCoy, owner/head guide, Emerald Water Anglers, Seattle

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