In fact, it's so accomplished that California & Oregon may ban all Salmon fishing (commercial and otherwise) this year. This would have a huge impact on the economy (and the price of Salmon.) The problem is that so few Salmon returned to spawn this year (literally 100,000 less than expected) that the normal rate of harvesting would wipe them out.
The amazing thing is that the Salmon industry (in a move that surprised me) has taken the logical view that this is an unfortunate, but necessary, idea. "I think if we do have fishing, we're shooting ourselves in the foot," said Duncan MacLean, the California representative of commercial fishing. Of course, they do go on to blame the drinking water managers for the dams and farmers for their voracious water usage (both definite culprits as well.)
This story comes on the heels of my reading of The World Without Us, that talks a great deal about the human races unique ability as a super predator. We have a record for species extinction that is only matched by global disasters like Asteroids, or ice ages. One of the books few bright spots was the oceans, where huge animals survived, because they were isolated from humanity, so there is already a seeding community, should we disappear. Alas, stories like this make it seem that our reach is ever expanding.
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