And our Salmon, our precious Salmon.
On the east coast of the United States there is no longer anywhere to catch and retain an Atlantic Salmon. "The Leaper" arguably the fightingest fish ever, is commercially and recreationally extinct. The state of Maine is glad to see a few thousand while we lament the fact when we get less than 3 million of our historical run of 20 million. And when we do get salmon we pursue them in the river with nets and sell them, like our forest, with no value added. One transaction and the fish is gone over the border, out of the region and critically, unavailable to the possible tourist that we might entice to come here from the fishless east coast. We make a couple of hundred for one frozen fish and miss the airport fee, hotel room, fishing license, rental car, guide fee, tackle purchase, and the price of ten meals out over the course of a few days.
We trade a couple of hundred dollars for a couple of thousand dollars we will never see.
If we just cannot see our way to eliminating gill nets in our rivers let us at least finally draw the line in the whitecap; and say that no matter how good the fishing gets, no fisherman will ever get to keep more than s/he has kept in his/her best year. And when He or She, the holder of that precious salmon gill net permit, can no longer drive the boat; That permit is over. And to encourage the thing along, we could grant these same fishermen and fisherwomen free recreational fishing licenses, along their bloodlines for the next 7 generations to turn over their permits tomorrow.
Oregon is the Pacific Wonderland. While a lot of the world lies in environmental ruins; (no Atlantic Salmon in France or Germany either; rivers running through Korea, India, etc. brown with toxic waste, millions of square miles of minefields and brownfields; air in Bejing so bad it cannot be quantified ) we got lucky and got the hippies and the Governor that made all of the difference in the race so far.
We should take advantage of that.
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