Thank God we saved the season, but we didn’t get much of one.
At this point, our goal is to model whatever season we get so the catch is spread out over the entire fishing period. We don’t want to catch everything at once — we want to be able to provide at least some fresh local salmon to consumers throughout the entire season.
We warned the (Bush) administration and federal agencies that there would be trouble from their policies, but we were met with indifference, inaction and silence. Unless they start fixing things, we’re not going to be pointing fingers — we’re going to be kicking ass.
The wet winter does give us time to sit down with them and see how we can meet those requirements.
This is going to be a horrible year. It’s not a total closure, but it’s the closest thing to it.
Some are just going to tie up their boats and try to find something else.
Year in, year out, salmon is the one that they depend upon. It’s their anchor fishery.
We’ve seen some troubling signs. Like almost every fish and shellfish that uses the bay, Pacific herring depend on a clean estuary with plenty of freshwater inflow to create productive brackish conditions. But as we ship more and more water south from the delta, we’re endangering the herring and most other commercial species.
Thank God we kept the season open, but we didn’t keep much of it open.