First, there was no crab in the cook pot. Now the grill may be left short of salmon.
Responding to profound threats to California’s quintessential catch, federal fishery regulators laid out new restrictions Thursday for the state’s commercial salmon fishing season, scheduled to begin next month, as well as to the sport season, which started April 2.
The move, designed to protect fish hurt by drought-depleted rivers and warming ocean waters, will cut fishing opportunities by as much as half compared with last year, anglers say. It’s bad news for seafood lovers hoping to get their hands — and mouths — on the beloved filets, at least at a decent price.