National Fisherman


PORTLAND, Oregon – The Pacific Fishery Management Council today adopted a set of ocean salmon seasons that provides both recreational and commercial opportunities coastwide. California and Oregon fishermen, in particular, will benefit from strong abundance forecasts for Sacramento and Klamath River fall Chinook this year.

The recommendation will be forwarded to the National Marine Fisheries Service for approval by May 1, 2013.

"It's nice to see another strong year for ocean salmon fisheries off California and Oregon, with reasonable seasons north of Cape Falcon, Oregon, through the state of Washington," said Council Chairman Dan Wolford. "At the same time, the Council has satisfied all the conservation goals for over 50 salmon stocks."

California and Oregon South of Cape Falcon, Oregon

The Sacramento River and Klamath River fall Chinook abundance remains high, providing ample sport and commercial ocean salmon fisheries off California and Oregon. Fisheries south of Cape Falcon, in northern Oregon, are primarily supported by Sacramento River fall Chinook. In 2008 and 2009, poor Sacramento returns led to the largest ocean salmon fishery closure on record. The abundance forecast of Sacramento River fall Chinook in 2013 is 834,200, similar to 2012 and far above the number needed for optimum spawning this fall (122,000-180,000 fish). The Klamath River fall Chinook ocean abundance forecast for 2013 0f 727,600 is the third highest forecast on record since 1985.

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Inside the Industry

The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.

Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.

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