"Restraint no longer guided fishery management. In fact, the decline of English salmon had the perverse effect of increasing fishing pressure because of the increased value of the remaining fish. As salmon became more valuable, regulating the salmon fishery became more difficult. As salmon runs declined, commercial salmon fishing accelerated, poaching flourished, and fishing laws became widely disregarded." Pg. 76, King of Fish, David Montgomery.
An early season Hoh fish about to be released by my buddy Brazda a couple years ago. If these aren't worth protecting I don't know what is.