As water-aware as I am, it actually never occurred to me that spawning salmon
were affected by drought in this way! Thank you for sharing Shirley!
Hugs & fishes,
From: cinc-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <cinc-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> on behalf of
Shirley Johnson <dmarc-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, June 23, 2019 11:43 AM
To: CINC Freelists
Subject: [cinc] Calif Fishermen report biggest salmon catch in a decade
California commercial fishermen are reporting the biggest king salmon season in
a decade, on the heels of three years of disastrously low catches because of
the drought. The sudden bounty has resulted in a price drop for the coral-pink,
fatty fillets to $20 per pound in many markets, down from the $30- to
$35-per-pound range of recent years.
“You might say this is the old normal, because we’ve been so used to
catastrophe,” said Noah Oppenheim, executive director at the Pacific Coast
Federation of Fishermen's Associations. “Consumers who have been facing tough
prices because of scarcity of California salmon are seeing a much more
Lots of spawning salmon are making it up stream in Calif. It is my
understanding, we can expect another boom in two years. The eggs hatch, the
fry grow for two years in fresh water,
and then make their way back to the sea in two years. Hopefully, this bodes
well for orca and other marine mammals as well.
“It appears that the abundance is greater than what was projected,” said
Koeppen, who helps set the calendar and quotas of West Coast salmon fishing as
an adviser to the Pacific Fishery Management Council.
Adding to the success of the season is the fact that the ocean is full of
anchovies and other feed right now.
“There are really good bait conditions,” said Sarah Bates, captain of the
fishing vessel the Bounty out of San Francisco, who said that San Francisco
fleet members observed a mass of salmon several miles long. “It feels like
there’s general abundance.”