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2 thoughts on “Salmon report mixes good and bad news, with a touch of hope

  1. Thanks for highlighting the report – it is certainly a beautiful piece of work and full of interesting and educational and inspiring stories – mixed in with the bad news. I do wonder how many people, who are not already up to their ears in Salmon recovery, will do much with it. There is so much there and difficult to pick out useful tidbits. I certainly hope they do!

    The executive summary is a place I usually think of as where one can get a sort of simplified overall sense of what is in the report and the significant messages. The opening remarks are written for a person with a high school education but unfortunately many (at least the ones I checked) of the follow on paragraphs require a college degree to fully understand – according to the readability checker I used on-line.

    Because this issue comes down to money – that is made pretty clear – I believe these kinds of stories and reports really need to do better at engaging with easier to understand messaging. Otherwise it gets ignored or not understood well.

    Thanks again.

    1. Peter,

      Those are very good observations. I think you see the dilemma. Salmon recovery is a complicated issue, one that remains challenging for writers to describe and for readers to fully grasp. In my writing, I try to convey the complexity of the ecosystem and the interrelationships among living things. I try to explain concepts so that most people can understand them, knowing that some readers may need to go back to basics while others may want to dig deeper.

      Besides the articles I’ve written for the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound, which tend to tackle more complex issues, some people may learn from a series I wrote for the Kitsap Sun called “Taking the Pulse of Puget Sound.”

      Keep in mind that the “Pulse” series was written four years ago, and our understanding of most issues has progressed, as one may find by choosing a topic on the “Encyclopedia” homepage.

      Nature is complex and many problems are difficult to understand. When confronted with complexity, I think the human tendency is to simplify things in our minds and seek out simple answers, such as “stop fishing” or “kill the seals.” These things no doubt would have an effect, in fact many effects that may not be fully anticipated.

      My hope is that people will take the time to embrace the complexities, or at least to realize that simple answers in a complex world may not lead to effective solutions.

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