As an Alaskan, I never want to see a day where the state's wild salmon runs aren't healthy. The wild salmon that fill Alaska's waters are one of the world's great ecological and socio-economic wonders, and its iconic status among citizens is well-deserved.

But this season's disastrous Southeast salmon return is a good opportunity to reflect on a taboo topic: it might be time to dust off the 25-year-old law banning finfish farming in the state's waters and open the issue for discussion.