It just makes me sick to think that our greed is going to make the whales disappear in Puget Sound.
Does it occur to anyone else that instead of ripping down hydroelectric dams that are already present, producing power that our overpopulated world desperately needs, that just maybe an immediate solution would be to ban all whale watching. Just like the loggers who suffered from the spotted owl, the marine whale-watching industry will find employment elsewhere.
Since these whales are starving, ban all fishing in Puget Sound! Give the fish a fighting chance to recover their population. Most everyone loves fresh-caught salmon. Heck, I love putting it in my smoker, BBQ or just frying it, but there’s plenty of other food I can eat. What else can the whales eat?
I know this would upset a lot of people. The indigenous population seems to be doing well with all of the gambling industry. Washington state will of course suffer from all the lost revenue from fishing licenses, but they never seem to have trouble inventing new unjustified taxes to rob the people of their hard-earned wages.
With all of the tobacco, alcohol, gambling, leased properties and plans for even more cowded roads around Marysville, the Tulalip Tribes won’t miss anything by stopping all fishing.