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Center for Animal Law Studies

Pacific Salmon Law Seminar (414)

November 13, 2013

3 credits
*Limit: 15 students

This course is a survey of numerous environmental, legal, and institutional problems confronting efforts to preserve and restore the Pacific Northwest’s diminishing salmon fish runs. Since salmon and steelhead trout can travel from Idaho to Alaska and back within a life cycle, the course examines a complex array of federal, state, and regional decision-making structures influencing the vitality and allocation of the fish runs. Special attention is devoted to the Indian treaty rights, the history of federal water project development in the region, the effect of various federal environmental laws on dam operations, the impact of the Northwest Power Act’s promise to treat fisheries protection as a co-equal purpose with hydroelectric energy production, and the problems involved in devising ocean fishing regulations under the 200-mile fishing law and international treaties.

A goal of this class is to produce papers of publishable quality. In addition to writing a paper, students are expected to make a class presentation, attend all class sessions, and participate in class discussions.