The Reel Deal
A sweeping agreement between the U.S. and Canada to manage and conserve West Coast salmon runs is expected to be announced today. The 10-year deal, which would end a prolonged dispute over salmon between the two nations, would revolve around a jointly managed conservation trust fund of about $150 million. Millions from the fund would be used to buy out commercial fishing licenses in the U.S. in order to reduce the American catch of sockeye salmon from British Columbia’s Frasier River. The agreement would also require deep cutbacks in the Canadians’ catch of U.S.-bound chinook.