Fishermen respond to Obama’s SOTU salmon joke

The taxes on fish have also been a thorn in the salmon industry’s side, making it even more difficult to compete with foreign importers, as domestic producers must pay landing taxes, while importers do not.

Grader said that he understands that the reason salmon fishing was even referenced was purely for humorous effect, but the real issues facing the industry are no laughing matter.

“[E]xplaining that scenario to a joint session of Congress — where members were trying to be on their best behavior for a change — would have been difficult and probably fallen flat as a joke,” he said.

Hudson was blunter, saying though he has been impressed with Obama as a leader, he has been sorely disappointed with Obama as a fisherman, despite Obama’s State of the Union joke.