Somehow we missed this last year. It is a beautiful, well done piece. Thank you.
Thank you for this highly informative article
Smelt isn’t as lovable as salmon or polar bears, nor is it a very phot0genic poster-fish for the San Francisco Estuary science and water community’s extraordinary efforts to confront the ecological imbalances of our time. But for decades people like Peter Moyle have helped Californians think of native fish as as worthy of our attention as where our drinking water comes from (the same place smelt live) or the latest advance of the white walkers (as inexorable as the invasion of our estuary by alien snails, overbite clams, microplastics, concrete, atmospheric river runoff, mercury, toxic algae, and hotter water). Wonderful to see such an in-depth, personable science story in a new venue about something our reporters at ESTUARY News have been covering for 25 years– for more deep dark stories about smelt try Options for Orphans by Kathleen M. Wong (http://www.sfestuary.org/estuary-news-orphans/) or No Scapefish in the Drought Wars by Joe Eaton (http://www.sfestuary.org/estuary-news-no-scapefish/). Meanwhile, we salut undark and Levy for a really good read, and Moyle for continuing to speak fishy truths to power.
Hi, Mr. Moyle: I live in the redwood region and we are experiencing the same disregard for the coho salmon as the delta smelt. The problem is in how the redwood forest is managed by the state board of forestry. The amount of biomass that is left to sustain a viable forest ecosystem is less than 10% of it’s natural biomass. This has changed the ecohydrological cycle and effect summer/fall steam flows due to less storm water retention and aquifer recharge which have many adverse cumulative effects. The growth rate of the forest has also been declining along with the regions economy. When will the state of California realize that business as usual is not only fatal for the coho salmon but for the state as well. Ken Spacek
Welcome to the Anthropocene! Are we too far gone to ever hope to retain visages of the world we (homo sapiens) evolved in for over 300,00 years? E.O. Wilson thinks maybe not (but probably so). Change is the hallmark of evolution and extinction events create genetic bottle necks that forward the process and ironically lead to increases in biological diversity. Meddle with ecosystems if it makes you feel good (I do) but don’t expect redemption. Enjoy the bus ride even if it might be headed off a cliff!
Excellent t information. Every Californian should read this.
I appreciate your dedication and the work you put into this article so interesting. I grew am interest back when the snail darter was the highlight.
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