While this is a feel good article the reality is that the gill nets that are used to capture the red salmon also kill king salmon. The king salmon population in Yakutat is on the verge of becoming a stock of concern. Which means that after 3 years of not meeting the escapement goal (the amount that ensures a future return) they are labeled as such until the stocks rebound. 2 of the last 3 years the kings have not met the bare minimum escapement. But yet they continue to gill net for reds and are contributing to the demise of the kings. Doesn’t sound like a very sustainable way to do business. Shame on Patagonia for exploiting this fishery. But I guess sacrificing the kings to make a buck is good business.
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