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Re: for the love of fish...


    I need your mailing address so I can send you another check for
the reprints.

    John Laurent
-----Original Message-----
From: Jay Delong <jdelong at nwifc_wa.gov>
To: 'nfc at actwin_com' <nfc at actwin_com>
Date: Sunday, August 02, 1998 2:32 PM
Subject: for the love of fish...

>> If only lovin native fish was a job..:)
>It is a job for many of us.  If a career is what you want, you only
>start with the love.  Education comes next.  Many people say they don't
>want to spend the time and money getting a college degree, but fisheries
>technician jobs are available to people with a 2-year degree.  Schools
>that offer a 2-year fisheries degree are not very common.  There's one
>near my home in Washington and many field technicians and hatchery
>workers I work with have gone through its program.  You may find this
>quite rewarding.  Unfortunately, these jobs are generally low-paying,
>often temporary, and technicians have little influence within their
>agency or company.
>A bachelor's or master's degree is more valuable.  The interactions and
>information available during these studies can't be found anywhere else.
>Whatever field of study -- biology, fisheries, etc--you'll never look at
>a stream or pond again and see just fish.  You'll gain insight into the
>biological, physical and chemical processes that occur in these bodies
>of water.  You'll develop critical thinking skills, and communication
>skills, and be better able to make informed decisions.  You'll learn
>that easy management decisions are rare, especially when you mix in
>politics and societal demands (possibly the most frustrating part,
>because of the changing values and beliefs of society).   Sentiment and
>quick-fix solutions are not the way to go-- we could have avoided many
>environmental blunders of the past if only we made better use of
>scientific reasoning and informed logic.  That, plus a common desire
>that our species and their ecosystems are worth protecting forever.
>Jay DeLong
>Olympia, WA