Fierce Competition, Fish Piracy, Led to NW Fishing Industry Decline, Says New Book

McMINNVILLE, Ore. (PRWEB) October 03, 2012  The waters off the coast of Washington state and British Columbia were once filled with fish pirates and border bandits vying for salmon, according to a new book by Linfield CollegeProfessor Lissa Wadewitz The Nature of Borders: Salmon, Boundaries, and Bandits on the Salish Sea documents how fishing practices in the late 19th and early 20th centuries turned the boundary waters into a lawless Wild West. When the neighboring countries of the U.S. and Canada established their shared border, no one told the salmon. Driven by instinct, the iconic fish of the Pacific Northwest migrated straight across the border, drawn to historical spawning grounds. In the competition for salmon that ensued, Wadewitz says pirates smuggled fish

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