The news surrounding California’s salmon run has been dismal in recent history. However, this season is looking up. The price of salmon is at its highest in years and the California fleet is expecting a huge run this summer. This is a real triumph story for the fishermen of California, who have weathered a rough couple of years. Good luck to all the captains and crews, enjoy your season of June Hogs!
The 2012 California salmon season opened last weekend, and the initial reports are good and could be getting even better. That’s great news for lovers of local salmon, who have pretty much had to do without commercially caught fish since 2008. There was a limited catch last year, but this year the catch looks to be big enough that there shouldn’t be any trouble finding fish.
This season’s catch should total almost 3 million pounds, according to the California Salmon Council, an industry group. Last year, the haul was less than 1 million pounds. That seemed like a lot then, but only because the fishery had been completely closed in 2008 and 2009, and the 2010 catch was only about 250,000 pounds. For reference, the high-water mark for California salmon since 2000 was in 2004, when more than 7 million pounds were caught.
Those bad years had been the result of several factors, including water diversions from the rivers that produce the salmon, and ocean conditions that reduced the amount of krill — similar to baby shrimp — the salmon feed on.
- Southeast Salmon | Fishing Starts on the Taku and Stikine Rivers (juneautek.com)
- Banner year expected for local salmon (sfgate.com)
- Internet ByCatch | Patagonia’s New Salmon Jerky (juneautek.com)
- Salmon Summery | Looking Back and Pushing Forward (juneautek.com)
- Internet Bycatch | Hatcheries vs. Wild Salmon - NYTimes.com (juneautek.com)
- Pacific Fishermen Prepare For Big Salmon Season (sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com)
- Many Salmon In Wild Aren’t Actually Wild Salmon (huffingtonpost.com)
- California gets longest commercial salmon fishing season since 2005 (mercurynews.com)
- Salmon populations bounce back in Northwest (oregonlive.com)