With this year’s plunge in oil prices, a single chinook salmon is now worth more than a barrel of oil.
The winter kings being caught by Southeast trollers are averaging 10 pounds each with a dock price of $7.34 a pound, according to state fish tickets. That adds up to $73 per fish, compared to about $30 for a barrel of oil.
Well so much for that "Drill, baby drill" approach to paying the bills in Alaska.
I have to say as somebody who watched my state plunge into corruption with the discovery of oil on the North Slope I am not exactly heartbroken to see that it will no longer be driving our economy.
However in order to prepare for what comes next we are going to need strong courageous leadership.
Hopefully Governor Bill Walker is up to the task.
Do you know who is really going to love this news?
Zaki absolutely HATES what oil has done to this state, but damn does he love fish.