Originally Posted by donutboy
The reason they don't reissue is to keep the REDDS as safe as possible. The less boats = less chance that they get run over. Thanks for taking the time to read my original post and contribute.
Not trying to be contradictory, but the non re-issue of permits does nothing to help the salmon. Not one fucking thing.
I have spent hours and hours watching salmon on spawning beds on the upper Main Salmon. In '93, '94 and '95 when they were doing endangered species studies on the fall run Chinook. One of my 'jobs' on occasion was to watch the salmon on the redds.
The redds are not in shallow enough water to be impacted at all by a boat floating over them. We used to float over the redds quite a bit. We just wouldn't row in those areas and practiced quiet floating. Even if we floated over the fish they often wouldn't even move. Sometimes just to the side and then right back on. If you have ever watched them they do this randomly on their own quite often. Sometimes drifting downstream and then right back up.
Then National Marine Fisheries and US Fish and Wildlife got ahold of the data and decided that if a salmon moved off the redd for more than five seconds it was considered a 'take' - the same as if you had killed the fish. There are thousands killed in the dam systems every year. That is part of their 'take' permitting to operate the dam. They won't do anything about that, but they can say they are doing something in the spawning beds. Perfect government solution. Create a problem that had no impact on anything and vilify it, the next step is banning rafting completely.
And most of the salmon that travel thru the Middle Fork spawn in the tributaries anyway.
Reducing rafting permits is the most bullshit solution to a major problem in the history of bullshit solutions.
That said. Some education about how to reduce possible interaction and impact on salmon isn't a bad thing I suppose, but the whole premise of this is not awesome.