Fishermen anticipate catching fewer salmon this summer

Fishermen anticipate catching fewer salmon this summer

California’s persistent dry conditions will likely affect supply of salmon this summer as tighter restrictions have been imposed on fishermen who anticipate catching fewer fish.

Years of drought in the West has overwrought inland rivers where salmon reproduce and flourish, putting the fish in steep decline. Wildlife officials have estimated significantly lower number of salmon swimming in the Pacific.

Following recommendations of the Pacific Fishery Management Council, the National Marine Fisheries Service recently announced new restrictions, leaving fisherman around half of the opportunity to catch salmon as compared with last year.

Dave Bitts, a fisherman and adviser to the Pacific Fishery Management Council, said those who love salmon would find it harder to get the fish in stores. He also hinted to higher prices.

Larry Collins, a San Francisco-based commercial fisherman, said, “As a fisherman, you always expect a miracle, that there’s all kinds of fish in the ocean. I just don’t expect that this year.”

The salmon industry plays a key role in California and Oregon economies. The industry in these two states is valued at more than $2 billion annually. It supports nearly 23,000 jobs in California alone.