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July 30, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Department of Fish and Wildlife culpable in loss of herring

I think that article about marine birds’ decline was right on [“Once-common marine birds disappearing from our coast,” Local News,July 24].

I’ve watched the herring disappear in the sound over the last 60 years. I’ve watched places like Port Susan get commercial fished by five trawling boats who went 24/7 for one year in the bay where herring came to breed. Those herring brought salmon and bird life to the area.

The trawlers turned Port Susan into an underwater desert. It’s been 40 years and the bay still hasn’t recovered. The herring and all the bottom fish along with the salmon disappeared for years. The trawlers backed up to the beaches and dragged all the bottom fish and the grounds dry.

I think the Department of Fish and Wildlife, which allowed these type of things to occurs in Puget Sound in years past, might have been subject to commercial pressure. It’s really sad when I see what has happened to our wildlife and fish, and most important to the herring. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out where the problem lies. Wake up Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Mike Hansen, Edmonds

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