You know, Tofinoguy, I have always had respect for you and appreciated your posts and contributions. Your timing has always been good, whether it's something pertinent and intelligent, or the need for something funny and lighthearted...besides that, your avatar is fantastic and makes your posts a joy to read.Try looking at it this way - from my many years of being involved with this process, going to some of the meetings and getting consensus from people on all the different boards i believe that there are several factors against the Thompson Steelhead which i will list in their probable order of harm subjected on those fish.
1/ the Ranchers of the Nicola Valley. They ned that water for their 2nd cut of hay ...........they aren't gonna give that up
2/ the natives of the Fraser valley and the Canyon with their nets ............... 'nuff said about that
3/ the Chum fishery - in the Fraser itself, it's mouth and off the sw coast of Van island............... the data speaks for itself
4/ general ocean survival
5/ catch and release mortality by sport fishers ............. yes, the least amount of impact on the fish but still there...
I have to once again say I am really happy to see another post from you, what I quote from you above...for a while now in this thread and in the other one on this forum a few people have been asking hey, what do we need to address? What are the issues we need to tackle to try and do something for the T? Now I know, and you know, and many people here know it is a huge and daunting uphill battle to even put a minor dent in the issues, let alone trying to change things for the better and give these runs of steelhead a chance to recover, but frankly, there have been a few people saying exactly what you have said above all along...we don't even have to try one bit to see it this way, we've been begging people to see it this way from the start!
These are the major contributing factors to their decline, this is what everyone should know about the T fish to start with and what we are up against. These are the problems viewed from a broader perspective, see the big picture and more accurately defining what really is affecting our Thompson steel.
I was getting really discouraged there, there were some that seemed to have a tunnel vision that was never going to correct itself. We were arguing over one minor little detail that in the long run was going to have no effect on saving these fish even if we were 100% effective at erradicating it. So it is fantastic to see you list the contributing factors and help point out to others here a number of the most significant factors that are affecting these fish rather than dwell on just the one.
I might even be able to sit back and just read now rather than try to steer the discussion and worry we were getting bogged down like it was before...
My sincerest thanks to you now but also to the others here who have shown a clarity of thought on the issue, I am relieved to see a refreshed view, a second look and reassessment, I hope also that others will do the same, but whether they do or not, please keep it up...