National Fisherman

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- May 1 marks the opening day of the California commercial salmon fishing season, which continues through October 15.

"2013 is predicted to be a good year for California Kings," says Aaron Newman, Chairman of the California Salmon Council. He adds, "California has traditionally been the leading producing state for troll-caught (hook-and-line) wild king salmon along the Pacific Coast. We're projected to catch 3 million pounds this season, which is an increase over last year's 2.5 million pounds."

David Goldenberg, Chief Executive Officer of the California Salmon Council says, "This season reflects fishing opportunities along the entire California coast. This is good news for consumers because there should be a steady supply of wild, ocean-caught California kings."

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Inside the Industry

NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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