i guess that means you didn't choose to spend 10 minutes of your lunch break engaging the fish monger about their choice of product. with that sort of 'effort', nothing will change. thanks for taking the time...........
Do you really think the mongers in Pike Place Market selling Salmon and Steelhead to tourists from Nebraska could care less about what 10, 20, or even 100 flyfishers in WA have to say? Nope, if the tourist stop buying, they'll stop selling. So, go ahead and go to Nebraska, New York, New Hampshire, Illinois, etc. and stop the tourists from buying. In fact, I challenge every member of this site to send an email or call the monger in question here and complain. I will go down and check their stand everyday. My guess is that they will continue to sell it no matter how much we complain.
Besides, I don't know enough about the issue to argue it with anyone- this is my first year steelheading and my second year in WA. I know that wild steelhead are in peril but I don't know the data enough to debate the issue with anyone. All I can add to this discussion is my experience- if there is a market people will buy it. Kill the market and wild steelhead will not be sold but changing the minds of the 300 million folks in the country buying it is probably not likely.
However, if you stop the source by working with the few tribes able to catch and sell wild steelhead commercially you have a chance. Eco-type tourism, guiding, etc. has worked in many other parts of the world, why not with the WA tribes that have access and intimate knowledge of this resource?
Anyway GT- you obviously have alot of knowledge and time to spend on this issue, how come I have never seen protests down at the market organized by you? How come you aren't there every other day with signs and information?
On the other hand...from the tone of your posts it seems as if you are just another little man who likes to spout off from behind a keyboard. Sad because you seem like a passionate person when it comes to this issue. However, you can't even have a discussion with other fisherman who share your concerns without getting negative. My guess is that your passion clouds your knowledge and you end up doing more harm then good.....