INDUSTRY: On the Hook

Only a few years ago the salmon industry in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska was a booming, $100-million-a-year business. Now it is gasping and dying. Last week salmon fishermen estimated that sales in 1953 will drop to $55 million, and that this year's catch will be the second smallest in 40 years.

At emergency meetings from Seattle to Ketchikan, worried canners frankly placed the blame squarely where it belonged—on the industry itself. Said Vance Sutter, president of the Association of Pacific Fisheries: "We got out on a comfortable limb—shortsightedly and blithely. Now the...

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