Northwest ‘extinction epicenter’ for ocean-going fish – Seattle PI

By Joel Connelly

Scientist-author Dr. Carl Safina, swimming against a tide of upbeat news at a Seattle breakfast, on Tuesday characterized the Pacific Northwest as "the world’s extinction epicenter for ocean-going fish."

Safina based his judgment on what has happened to the region’s salmon runs, extinct or threatened over two-thirds of the river habitat where they once ranged.  He quoted an observation from Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gary Snyder:  "Death is one thing. An end to birth is something else."

Casting a wider net, Safina argued that two-thirds of the world’s fisheries "are crashed and/or over-exploited."

Safina has written a series of acclaimed books, Song for the Blue Ocean and Eye of the Albatross and Voyage of the Turtle.  He spoke to the annual spring breakfast of People for Puget Sound.
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