The federal Pacific Fishery Management Council will meet Tuesday in Burlingame, Calif., to contemplate the ultimate step: A complete ban on ocean salmon fishing for 1994 in Washington, Oregon and Northern California to 35 miles south of Ft. Bragg. At the very least, the council has signaled that it will allow less salmon fishing than ever before.
"The question is: Are we willing to adapt to the demands of biology?" said Tim Stearns, coordinator for Save Our Wild Salmon. "From the day white settlers first came, they have adapted the Northwest to their needs. Now, are we willing to adapt to the needs of the Northwest?"
"One lesson whites learned from the natives when we came here-salmon are the Northwest," said Sierra Club Regional Director Bill Arthur. "No other animal weaves our culture, our economy and our environment like the salmon."