FISHERIES: Return of the Salmon

In weather-beaten fishing towns from Anacortes, Wash. to New Westminster, B.C., fishermen last week toasted each other in Slovenian, Norwegian and English. Not for 41 years had such hordes of salmon swarmed through Puget Sound on their way to their spawning grounds far up British Columbia's Fraser River.

In the choppy sound, purse seiners worked all night hauling in blue-backed sockeye salmon. One boat brought in $21,000 worth, then headed out again. Wharves and packing plants were soon piled high with sockeye, whose firm red meat makes it a fine canning fish. In Bellingham, Wash. housewives were drafted to help...

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