For the first time in 31 years, state and tribal fishery managers are at an unprecedented salmon stalemate. In the worst case scenario, recreational and commercial fishing may miss an entire season on Puget Sound.
Inside Angler's Choice in Shoreline, the glass showcases and wall hangers haven't been this empty since the day the store opened 22 years ago. It's not what Walt Rose dreamed when he opened his dream business, but he also never dreamed the fishing season would ever be this dire.
"It's killing us. We just can't afford it anymore," he said.