With so many people affected [by the decimation of salmon runs in the Pacific Northwest], proposals for protecting salmon are highly contentious. Although the root causes of the problem have long been well documented, investigators are just beginning to understand that human activities have selectively eliminated some populations of salmon while favoring others, resulting in the loss of much of the genetic heritage in these amazing animals. So here we try to show the risks confronting salmon populations and salmon biodiversity with a focus on the potential for genetic loss.
Vol. 89 (May-June) 220-227