Lets send a message to the Pike Place Market management. We will take our money elsewhere until they stop the vendors from selling wild SH. They are dependent on tourisim dollars. I'm sure they would like to avoid negative publicity. Does anyone know if there is a petition form/website out there? I'm a member of the South Sound Fly Fishers. Are there any other club members who can talk to some people? Lets do something about this......
Below is an excerpt from Wild Steelhead Coalition President Rich Simms written response to a recent news story run by the Peninsula Daily News. I found it on the WSC website (http://wildsteelheadcoalition.org/ ) . It should serve as a concise preable to the points which need to be made to Pike Place Fish Market. I hope that it may be of expedient use to you.
"Plain and simple: Wild steelhead are in sad shape these days with the majority of the runs in our state either listed under the endangered species act or on the brink. The west end streams of the Olympic Peninsula are considered by many has one of the last strong holds for wild steelhead, but they are faltering under the same failed management schemes that have been the demise of so many other great steelhead streams. This year the Quillayute river system failed to meet its spawning escapement level by 25% and the Hoh River has been very irregular over the last decade in meeting its spawning escapement level. Yet over aggressive harvest management strategies continue to exist on wild steelhead, which are clearly contributing to these escapement failures and, at the same time, are coming under increased angling pressure as one of the last places to fish for wild steelhead."
I'd think organizing a peaceful demonstration with some advance calls to news organizations would shame them into better behavior. They have the law on their side, but it's ethically void. They would be facing law-abiding sportsmen, not whack PETA types.
Gentlemen, your voices as consumers carry great weight. I have sent them a message using their contact form, and also signed their guest book with a comment.
While the tribes cannot be compelled to behave ethically, or responsibly, we as consumers can certainly make our interests and concerns known. When there is no market for these fish, there won't be any reason to catch/kill them.
Your comments may not do much good, but if you make no comment, and let this go with no recourse, then your voice is silent.
I'd think organizing a peaceful demonstration with some advance calls to news organizations would shame them into better behavior. They have the law on their side, but it's ethically void. They would be facing law-abiding sportsmen, not whack PETA types