They began by cancelling spring salmon fishing (March 15 to April 15) off the Oregon and California coasts. They also plan to come up with three recommendations for what to do next. One of those recommendations will be to cancel all Chinook and Coho fishing off the coast - all year.
What really caused this sharp decrease in the number of salmon? How will fishermen, who make their living off the ocean, deal with this impact on their businesses? And what should be done to make sure that next year there are enough fish to catch?
- Rod More: Executive director of the West Coast Seafood Processors Association and a member of the Pacific Fishery Management Council
- Eric Shindler: Project leader for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Ocean Salmon Management Program
- Stewart Ellis: Fisheries Scientist for the Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission