Salmon replenished, big season eyed
April 6, 2012
A long commercial salmon fishing schedule was approved Thursday after four years of being shut down completely, setting the stage for what fishermen hope will be a spectacular season. [Santa Cruz Sentinel]
Fishery managers endorsed the longest season since 2006 as members of the commercial fishing industry were predicting a huge catch following an apparently successful comeback of the prized fish.
According to fishery experts, more than 1.65 million adult Chinook salmon in the ocean ready to return to the Klamath River, one of the world’s most productive waterways for the anadromous fish. Large numbers are also expected to run up the Sacramento and American rivers, also.
The Pacific Fishery Management Council set the commercial season starting May 1 and running through Sept. 30, with several brief breaks. The recreational season starts Saturday and will extend through Oct. 7.
After a scare due to declining populations, fishing was closed off. Now fishery spokespersons say there are at least three times the number of salmon ever recorded in Pacific Ocean waters ready to spawn in the rivers of their origin.