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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

The American Fisheries Society is honoring recently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography director Bill Hogarth with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award — one of the nation's premier awards in fisheries science - in recognition of his long career and leadership in preserving some of the world's most threatened species, advocating for environmental protections and leading Florida's scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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The Marine Stewardship Council has appointed Eric Critchlow as the new U.S. Program Director. Critchlow will be based in the MSC US headquarters in Seattle. He is a former vice president of Lusamerica Foods and has over 35 years in the seafood industry.

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