Chinook salmon off the coast of California and most of Oregon are safe this year from commercial and recreational fishermen. The Pacific Fishery Management Council voted to cancel the fishing season to reverse the catastrophic disappearance of the fish. Too few fall-run salmon came back to spawn in the Sacramento River and its tributaries last fall. The council also recommended that sport and commercial fishing be sharply curtailed off the Washington coast. It’s the first lime the federal agency, created 22 years ago, has halted fishing. The governors of California, Oregon and Washington pledged to help financially strapped fishermen and fishing communities. Congress granted $62 million in financial aid to fishermen in California and Oregon after salmon fishing was severely limited in 2006 to boost declining populations in the Klamath River, but the checks didn’t arrive until late last year.
Copyright National Conference of State Legislatures Jun 2008
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