Federal fishing officials canceled ocean salmon fishing season in California for the second consecutive year

California Salmon

Important Takeaways:

  • California fishermen spoke out against state water management policies Thursday after federal fishing officials canceled ocean salmon fishing season in the state for the second consecutive year, delivering a major blow to the fishing industry.
  • In a unanimous vote on Wednesday, the Pacific Fishery Management Council — which is responsible for managing fisheries in federal waters along the West Coast — recommended the closure of all California commercial and recreational ocean salmon fisheries through the end of the year.
  • Similar to last year’s recommendations, the council said this year’s closure will help conservation goals for salmon stocks.
  • The closure will affect tens of thousands of jobs in the state’s fishing industry
  • It also marked the fourth year that salmon fishing has been closed in the state’s history

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