chinook run on record forecast
Management option could
close vast swath of fishery
The Oregonian by Bill Monroe
The worst run forecast on
record for the Klamath Riverís chinook salmon could close
all salmon fishing along most of the Oregon Coast this
the most draconian of three season alternatives adopted
Monday by the Pacific Fishery Management Council, meeting in
three, however, allow some coho and chinook fishing in the
Pacific Ocean north of Cape Falcon, including popular
fisheries off the mouth of the Columbia River. Seasons would
be similar to 2016.
of Cape Falcon, near Manzanita, Sacramento and Klamath river
chinook mix with other returning salmon, so to protect them,
all salmon sportfishing might close after April 30.
alternative is similar to a closure proposal in 2008,
spurred by a low run into the Sacramento River. However,
there was a tightly limited coho fishery that year. The
economic shock to the coast brought a state-of-emergency
declaration from Gov. Ted Kulongoski and a release of $1
million to help the commercial and charter fishing
other 2017 alternatives allow for both coho and chinook
fishing seasons similar to last summer (but only south to
Humbug Mountain near Port Orford) and the most liberal
allows for a September non-marked coho fishery.
three alternatives will be publicly aired March 27 in Coos
Bay and Westport, Wash., and March 28 in Fort Bragg, Calif.
season decisions will be made by the council in Sacramento,
Calif., April 6-12, and submitted to the National Marine
Fisheries Service for adoption by May 1.
Discussions on Columbia River fishing seasons also begin
this month, with a public meeting scheduled March 24 in
Vancouver, Wash., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Vancouver
Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way,
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