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The Rudderpost 

jesJes Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman magazine and NationalFisherman.com.

 

The word came yesterday from the Pacific Fishery Management Council: Salmon is back.

To be sure, any recovery would be a vast improvement for fishermen in California and Oregon who have been rigging their boats for other fisheries, trying to string together enough cash to stay afloat.

But beginning May 1, just three years after the West Coast fleet began receiving federal disaster assistance, salmon fishermen will again be granted a season for fall run chinook. And it ought to be a good one.

The council estimates 730,000 adult chinooks will return this year, triple the 2008 numbers and almost 20 times those of 2009.

Theories abound as to what has sparked this seemingly miraculous turnaround, but I don't think we can discount the value of water resources when it comes to fish.

Certainly, every species needs food to grow. But without water, you have no spawn. And I don't think I've ever heard anyone solve the chicken or egg conundrum with chicken feed.

I hope a good season of salmon fishing that provides fresh, local and wild fish into California and Oregon markets gives the locals something to consider with the next wave of battles over water rights.

Inside the Industry

(Bloomberg) — Millions of dead fish stretched out over 200 kilometers of central Vietnamese beaches are posing the biggest test so far for the new government.

The Communist administration led by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has been criticized on social media for a lack of transparency and slow response, with thousands protesting Sunday in major cities and provincial areas.

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The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association released their board of directors election results last week.

The BBRSDA’s member-elected volunteer board provides financial and policy guidance for the association and oversees its management. Through their service, BBRSDA board members help determine the future of one of the world’s most dynamic commercial fisheries.

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