Fishing Closure Approved on top end of Sacramento River to Protect Endangered Salmon

 

The California Fish & Game Commission voted today to close a 5.5-mile section of the upper end of the Lower Sacramento River to protect winter run Chinook salmon. 

We are taking proactive measures on two fronts to protect these endangered fish both in the ocean and on their natal spawning habitat,” said CDFW Chief of Fisheries Stafford Lehr. “The fishing communities have stepped forward to support these measures and work towards long-term sustainability of the resource. None of us wanted to be in this situation, but heading into a fourth year of extreme drought calls for extreme measures.”

The closure will take effect around April 27 from the Highway 44 Bridge where it crosses the Sacramento River in Redding upstream to Keswick Dam. 

The area is currently closed to salmon fishing but was open to trout fishing. The closure will protect critical spawning habitat and eliminate any incidental stress or hooking mortality of winter-run salmon by anglers.

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West Coast Ocean Conditions Not Looking Good for Salmon & Steelhead

Juvenile (and adult) salmon  and steelhead will likely encounter a much less hospitable ocean, compared to the last few years thanks to sea surface temperatures being several degrees Celsius above average.

This of course means food sources will probably be much less nutritious as the fish head north to the Gulf of Alaska.

“No way is it going to be a good year for migrating juvenile salmon,” says NOAA Fisheries researcher Bill Peterson, who noted that he has never seen anything like these conditions during his long career studying the ocean off the West Coast.

As a result of the warm water, chances are good that mackerel, tuna and squid populations will be found farther north than usual. California squid fishermen, who normally fish off Monterey, have already had to cruise to northern California to find them, Peterson said. Mackerel and squid are known predators of young salmon. Hake populations should be building with the warmer waters as well. Hake prey on young salmon, but if other forage fishes are around, hake seem to prefer them to salmon.

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DFW Report: Pot Growers Sucking Eel River Dry

As if California’s historic drought wasn’t enough, shocking details are emerging of how much water from drainages like the Eel River get sucked off by marajuana grows. 

The fact that water is getting drawn away from the river by pot farms isn’t particularly surprising — but how much is. 

Researchers from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife are reporting that the quantity of unregistered water abuse was many times the registered water use in the areas studied and that many streams are litterally being sucked dry. 

This is crazy! Read the whole story HERE

California: Angler Numbers Down, Fishing License Costs Up

CA SignSo, here’s a sad statistic: California is dead last in the union in terms of angler participation in recreational fishing and yet has the second highest fishing license fees (only behind Washington State).

Is the decline in anglers because of the high costs of the licenses? Or is it the whole “pay more, get less” scenario in which California anglers simply don’t feel they are getting the enough bang for their buck? Or is it something else entirely?

Use the comments section to let us know what you think…

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Indonesia: We blow up illegal fishing boats!

(Reuters/Antara Foto/Izaac Mulyawan)

(Reuters/Antara Foto/Izaac Mulyawan)

You want to fish illegally in Indonesian waters? Better hope maritime affairs minister Susi Pudjiastuti doesn’t catch you! The government has been seizing boats lately…and then blowing them to smithereens. From an environmental standpoint, it’s probably not such a great plan, but you gotta admit, it must be getting the attention of poachers! Maybe we need something similar here in the US…

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