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Salmon Season Canceled

Given the "catastrophic disappearance" of fish this year, the Pacific Fishery Management Council voted late yesterday to ban commercial and recreational salmon fishing off the coast of California. The ban is expected to cost the state economy $20.7 million, the fishing community will take a huge hit, Governor Arnold has declared a state of emergency, and obviously, restaurants will be affected: "Salmon in fancy restaurants will like go for around $40 a portion, about twice the normal price...At restaurants, however, [CCA's Michael] Weller predicted that chefs will not replace wild salmon with the less tasty farm-raised variety. Instead, he said, consumers will most likely see greater choices of striped bass or halibut." [Chron]