In an unprecedented move, federal fisheries managers declared the salmon fishing season as officially canceled this year, before it even began. With the season preliminarily scheduled to open May 1st, Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski officially declared a statewide emergency due to the drastically decreased numbers of king salmon – a move that will support families of fishermen greatly impacted by the drop.
“This will be devastating to the communities and families on the coast that rely on salmon fishing for their livelihood,” Kulongoski said.
With salmon numbers in the Sacramento River falling from approximately 775,000 in 2002, to an estimated 58,000 for 2008, things are looking bleak for the once popular staple of Pacific Northwest cuisine. With prices topping almost $33.00 per pound at local fish markets, you can believe you’ll be paying top dollar for your next salmon platter – if it even makes it on the menu!
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