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Salmon user groups need to see bigger picture

Posted: December 12, 2013 - 4:03pm  |  Updated: December 13, 2013 - 9:13am

It has become abundantly clear after moves by sportfishing groups to bar other user groups access to our local king salmon, that the most politically powerful seafood brokerage corporations have West Coast commercial and sports fishermen right where they want them — tearing at each others’ throats. Shutting down the king fishery in local rivers, denying access to all or any user groups, will only enhance the harvest levels of king, silver and chum salmon for the American foreign trawler fleets at the upwellings in the Gulf of Alaska. All Pacific Coast user groups must be prudent enough to, now, look at the bigger picture where the answer to this critical problem is to move the federal courts for declaratory, judgement against the N.P.F.M.C., Pacific Coast packing companies, and the politicians who take their payoffs in the form of campaign funds. Anything less at this point will lead to the total loss of the above mentioned species, coast wide, in less than twenty years.

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Seafarer 12/13/13 - 11:30 am
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Too Easy

To place blame on high-seas trawlers is too easy an answer or a blame. And please remember, or learn, that salmon are a MID-WATER species, not a bottom trawler's target.

There is more going on out there in the ocean than "pirating" Kings.

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