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On the Nature of Data and Their Role in Salmon Conservation

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Data provide the foundation of salmon management. As important as data are, the nature of data and their role in salmon conservation are rarely discussed. In this paper, I describe the historical origin, evolution, and application of salmon databases in Oregon, which are representative of data collected from California through British Columbia and Alaska. In an effort to broaden understanding of the nature of data, I discuss two awkward aspects of databases: (1) all populations are not equally represented in databases, and (2) databases contain some incorrect information. In conclusion, I speculate that the decade of the 1990s is a moment of opportunity for salmon conservation, not because of the quantity of data that are available, but primarily because relatively few salmon are left to conserve.

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  • Pacific Salmon
  • Salmon Population
  • Future Option
  • Wild Salmon
  • Oregon Department

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Nicholas, J.W. (1997). On the Nature of Data and Their Role in Salmon Conservation. In: Stouder, D.J., Bisson, P.A., Naiman, R.J. (eds) Pacific Salmon & their Ecosystems. Springer, Boston, MA. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4615-6375-4_6

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