West Coast Salmon Ban: Feds could end commercial Chinook fishing in Oregon and California

When the Pacific Fishery Management Council meets this week in Seattle, federal regulators will consider an unprecedented ocean fishing ban on Chinook salmon along 700 miles of the California and Oregon coasts. Proposed to address plummeting fish stocks, the action could financially sink area fishing fleets and prompt consumer price jumps. Angry commercial fishermen blame the Bush administration for managing the river in a way they say favors farmers, dam operators, and timber companies at the expense of fish