Washington Commercial Salmon Fishing Regulations, Initiative 192 (1954)
The Washington Commercial Salmon Fishing Regulations Initiative, also known as Initiative 192, was on the November 2, 1954 ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the People, where it was defeated. The measure would have regulated commercial salmon harvesting. Specifically, the measure would have prohibited commercial fishing for certain time frames in certain regions, established preserves where commercial harvesting is forbidden, prohibited certain equipment used to catch salmon and authorized seizure without permit for those breaking the law.
|Washington Initiative 192|
Election results via: Washington Secretary of State
Text of measure
The language that appeared on the ballot:
|“|| REGULATION OF COMMERCIAL SALMON FISHING
An act relating to salmon fishing for commercial purposes; defining districts wherein it is unlawful to fish commercially for salmon, except during prescribed seasons which the director may shorten; establishing preserves in which salmon fishing for commercial purposes is prohibited; prohibiting the construction, installation, use, operation or maintenance of certain specified gear or any fixed applicances for the purposes of catching salmon; authorizing seizures without warrants by certain officials; prescribing penalties; and repealing all laws in conflict herewith.
The following reasons were given by the Washington State Sports Council in support of Initiative 192 in The Arlington Times:
- The measure will stop commercial fishing during spawning, thus allowing endangered salmon to reproduce. In the previous years, salmon runs have been depleted by over 50%.
- The measure eliminates inequities in regulation by giving all commercial salmon fishing the same seasons and privileges.
- The measure will help save sport fishing for individuals and families.
- The measure will help maintain sport fishing tourism, a $200 million dollar per year source of capital.
- The measure will help the commercial fishing industry in the long-term by making sure that it does not deplete the salmon resource now.
The following reasons were given by Journalist Dorothy Bonney in opposition to Initiative 192 in the Ellensburg Daily Record:
- The measure disproportionately affects small commercial fishing businesses.
- The measure allows large companies, the "big boys", to have a monopoly of commercial salmon harvesting.
- The measure would overturn standards developed by the Department of Fisheries, the experts who best understand this issue.
Path to the ballot
- Washington Restrictions on Commercial Fishing, Initiative 696 (1999)
- Washington Fishing Regulations, Initiative 640 (1995)
- Washington Ban on Commercial Fishing of Steelhead Trout, Initiative 456 (1984)
- Washington Dam Construction and Water Diversion, Initiative 25 (1960)
- Washington Fish Traps and Fishing Regulations, Initiative 77 (1934)
- State of Washington ballot measure election results
- State of Washington 1954 Voters Pamphlet & Local Voters Pamphlet
- State of Washington Initiatives to the People
- The Arlington Times, "What Initiative 192 Will Do", October 28, 1954
- Spokane Daily Chronicle, "It's Time for the Truth!", October 30, 1954
- Ellensburg Daily Record, "Off the Record", October 30, 1954
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Office of the Secretary of State, "1954 Voters Pamphlet", accessed September 10, 2013
- ↑ The Arlington Times, "What Initiative 192 Will Do", October 28, 1954
- ↑ Ellensburg Daily Record, "Off the Record", October 30, 1954
- ↑ Washington Secretary of State, "Initiatives to the People", accessed September 10, 2013
State of Washington
|State executive officers||
Governor | Lieutenant Governor | Attorney General | Secretary of State | Treasurer | State Auditor | Superintendent of Public Instruction | Commissioner of Insurance | Director of Agriculture | Commissioner of Public Lands | Director of Labor and Industries | Chairman of Utilities and Transportation |