Fishing: The Sockeye That Swims Too Far

In the fishing towns of northern Washington State and coastal Alaska, the sockeye salmon is more than just a fish. It is a recurring miracle, a gift of God, the source of steady jobs, paid-up bills, money in the bank, new boats. Each year the local fishing industry scoops up some 6,000,000 of the 2-ft.-long, silver-blue sockeye, which account for 20% of the area's $50 million salmon catch and fetch higher prices than the lower-grade chum and pink salmon. Last week U.S. fishermen bitterly fought a major threat to their prosperity, caused...

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