Officials Closing Ocean Salmon Fishing This Year To Save Coho

Posted: Mar 15 2016, 7:45am CDT | by , Updated: Mar 15 2016, 8:02am CDT, in Latest Science News


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No Ocean Salmon Fishing This Year to Save Coho
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  • Officials Could Close Ocean Salmon Fishing Seapn 2016 to Save Coho and Chinook Populations

An end to fishing was proposed by officials in order to save coho and chinook populations.

Poor coho population levels due to polluted conditions in the seas have led to an official order to limit fishing. The limiting of the chinook and coho fisheries has been proposed and it may lead to a replenishing of the depleted numbers of both fish. The season for catching these fish in the current year may end up as a time of nil levels of activity.

PFMC is responsible for the decision. It has yet to fully deliberate on the issue at hand. A wide range of alternatives will be brought into consideration. According to SeattleTimes, a coastal closure in the area of Washington may take place.

The West Coast will have to undergo this stricture for conservation’s sake too. While salmon fishing may continue under limited jurisdiction, coho and chinook populations will be spared the fishing rod or the fisherman’s net for that matter.

The measures that are being taken will not replenish the coho and chinook generations completely. Some gaps will be left and it will be difficult to bring back the good old days of plenty of fish.

Seen from a conservationist angle, the stocks of fish will be a long time in the making. They will not easily come back to their previous levels of abundance in the oceans.

The fish can be caught in limited areas that have been set aside for the activity. To forgo fillet of fish on the dinner table for a brief period of a year or so is tolerable.

What is not worthy of tolerance is the depletion of coho and chinook populations. Nobody wants the fish to undergo extinction. Partly the depleted number of fish is due to the Queets Disaster. It is a wild river with no dams.

Only 3500 coho fish will be coming this year in Queets. A total of 5800 is needed for a fishery to be fully operational there. The river is not capable of supporting the fish populations and so the declining rates have become commonplace.

This not only spells doom for the fisheries but also for the fish. The marine situation is such that the fish are dying on a large scale. Climate change and other cyclical oceanic phenomena may form a sort of double whammy that has hit the fish populations where it hurts.

The ocean plankton as well other diatoms form the food for these fish. When they die off, the fish are left high and dry. Currently, coho numbers are dwindling and the locals are beginning to get worried as hell.

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