7Restoring Our Fisheries: Estuaries, Reefs, and Oceans

Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures.

—Genesis 1 (restored), Cox, based on Revised Standard Version

We Americans, and the citizens of most other nations, desperately need examples of governmental progress and enlightenment. For that reason, let’s begin with examples of the burgeoning government support of fisheries restoration, rather than with the project story that begins the other restoration industry chapters.

On June 13, 2001, the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 1157, a bill authorizing $600 million over three years to First Nation tribes and Western states for Pacific salmon restoration. “Many of these towns have been devastated by the collapse of salmon ...

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