Trucking Salmon to the ocean to ensure future fishing

An article in Bloombergbusinessweek (april 7,2014) titled “In California,salmon hitch a ride to the sea”, describes the low water levels in California rivers this year prevent the young Chinook salmon from finding their way along the rivers to the ocean. The state is spending about $150,000 to truck 30 million salmon to the ocean, thus ensuring that enough of them will return as adults to spawn and provide fish for fisherman in the future. Given the role of trucks to aid species amidst drought, will the forecasted water shortages in the future increase the use of such options? Should human intervention to ensure stability of species be considered a counter to other human impacts on the environment or will it cause unintended impacts ? Should a tax on consumer products be expected to pay these costs and should these costs be spread across all consumers?

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