07 Apr '11, 1am

California Making Progress Restoring Salmon and Salmon Fishing

In 2008 and 2009, for the first time in California’s history, our state’s salmon fishery was completely closed. Fishery managers implemented the closure because alarmingly low numbers of salmon returned to the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers. Even though salmon hatcheries released up to 30 million juvenile salmon each year, fewer than 60,000 fish returned in 2009, a dramatic decline from the nearly 900,000 salmon that returned in 2002. As a result of the closure, fishing boats remained tied up at the docks, and consumers couldn’t buy or eat wild, California salmon. Governor Schwarzenegger estimated that the fishery closures resulted in thousands of lost jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in lost income each year. The fishery in Oregon was also curtailed, causing economic impacts to fishermen and businesses in Oregon as well. Although there was a very limited salmon...

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