Salmon Ban Has Ripple Effect
Campgrounds in California are taking a hit because of a plan to halt salmon fishing off the state's Pacific Coast.
On Friday (March 14), the Pacific Fishery Management Council unanimously adopted three options for sport and commercial fishing off the Pacific Coast, including an unprecedented complete shutdown of fishing off California – the strictest limits ever on West Coast salmon fishing, according to The Salinas Californian.
The salmon fishing restrictions have created a snowball effect for business, said the manager of the KOA campground in Moss Landing, located on Monterey Bay, 50 miles south of San Francisco.
Dyanne Chalk said since Friday's announcement, the campground has had 10 reservations cancelled, losing about $3,000.
Phil DiGirolamo, owner of Phil's Fish Market, said salmon is historically a big seller. He said he will use other fish to try to replace the demand for salmon.
"The tourist industry will be affected as well," Chalk said. "People come here to fish, and it will affect the entire town."
The decline in the number of salmon promoted the stiff measures. About 90% of wild Chinook salmon caught off the California coast originated in the Sacramento River and its tributaries. Only about 90,000 adult salmon returned to the Sacramento River and its tributaries to spawn last year, the second lowest number on record and well below the government's conservation goals, according to federal fishery regulations. That's down from 277,000 in 2006 and a record high of 804,000 in 2002.