The Future of Fish

 

December 1, 2018



The industry website undercurrentnews.com reports on a Norwegian firm by the name of Salmon Evolution that is planning to produce 30,000 metric tons of farmed salmon in a land-based salmon farm.

According to the story, the company hopes to hit this target within 3 or 4 years and is also considering production in China, with the Shandong province as a likely spot.

A better way to grow fish is to let them swim around in their natural environment and then catch them. An example of this process is illustrated on page 9 of this issue, where we note that Alaska’s salmon hatcheries generate $600 million in economic output, with impacts throughout the state’s economy, and commercial fishermen harvest an annual average of 222 million pounds of hatchery-produced salmon worth $120 million in ex-vessel value. To this end, we are also pleased to note on page 23 that that NOAA Fisheries is considering the approval of 10 salmon and steelhead plans for hatchery programs in the Duwamish-Green River basin in Puget Sound, including an increase in the number of fall Chinook salmon produced at the Soos Creek Hatchery. This is good news for the State of Washington, whose commercial salmon fishery continues to lose support.


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One of the most vocal champions of the local fisherman is Washington State Senator Maralyn Chase, who was defeated at the ballot box last month. She will be replaced by another Democrat, Jesse Salomon, who promises to reduce taxes, make housing more affordable and fight climate change.

Senator Chase, whose district includes Edmonds and Lynnwood, is one of very few in West Coast politics who supports the small-boat commercial fisherman, while Senator-elect Salomon is one of many in the state, including the Governor and a large and growing bipartisan group of legislators, who want the small-boat fisherman eliminated.

One such legislator is state representative Gael Tarleton, who won reelection handily in the 36th district. The 36th includes Ballard, Magnolia and Queen Anne, and Rep. Tarleton has not been shy about expressing her belief that recreational fishermen should have priority over commercial catchers.

We wish Senator Chase well. In a letter to her friends and constituents after the election she closed by saying, “We know what we stand for and we will continue to fight.” We, too will continue the fight for the future of the commercial fishing industry.

 
 

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