I understand that the fish count at Van Arsdale station was the highest since monitoring began in the 1930s. So now we're thinking the homeless with spears may be a problem? The blue algae problem occurs after the juvenile chinook out-migrate, so that's not likely to negatively affect fish.
It is important to recognize that Mr. Higgins is a politician whose plank has always been to highlight the problems on the Eel. As such there is some motivation for him to downplay any positive aspects of this event - that's what politicians do.
An objective observer would recognize that the population increase may well have resulted from many of the enhancement activities that have been implemented in the Eel drainage in the last 20 years - as well as favorable ocean conditions and adaptive responses in the fishery to shut down fishing during low abundances.
It's a "glass half full or half empty" question. I prefer to think of it as the start of a positive trend. I'm not ready to hunt down the homeless, yet.
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