Tuesday, April 19, 2011

2011 Pacific Northwest Salmon Runs

The Pacific Fishery Management Council recently adopted a set of ocean salmon seasons that provides both recreational and commercial opportunities coastwide. According to the agency, California, Oregon, and Washington salmon fisheries will open in several locations. The recommendation will be forwarded to the National Marine Fisheries Service for approval by May 1, 2011.

Greatly improved abundance of Sacramento River fall Chinook will enable the first major ocean salmon fisheries off California and Oregon since 2007. In 2008 and 2009, poor Sacramento returns led to the largest ocean salmon fishery closure on record.

The abundance forecast of Sacramento River fall Chinook in 2011 is 730,000, far above the number needed for optimum spawning this fall. Klamath River fall Chinook runs for 2011 are predicted to be near normal.

In addition to increased runs of Chinook salmon, coho are expected to be plentiful. The 2011 forecast for Oregon Coast natural coho is about 250,000 fish, well above the 15 year average.

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