Jes Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman magazine and NationalFisherman.com.
Written by Adrianne Madden
Wednesday, 30 June 2010
It's the Fourth of July again already!
To celebrate this year, the salmon fishermen of Bodega Bay, Calif., will have an eight-day season.
Despite the fact that few boats are likely to be participating after two years of complete closure and little enthusiasm for the slightly more than weeklong season, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has gone to the trouble to add California and Oregon wild salmon to their "avoid" list.
No doubt there are some gung-ho folks out there whose response to this move, "What took you so long?"
My response is: If there is no California and Oregon salmon on the market (I think you'll have an easier time finding South African lion-burgers than California salmon), why bother to steer people away from it?
This is my biggest complaint with lists like this: They give fisheries a bad rap while they are recovering. And when they've recovered, people remember the big, red AVOID and keep on avoiding.
Bad press is far more memorable than good press.
So let's be careful putting salmon fisheries in the red.
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