Originally posted by The Travelin Man
I don't think I understand. I believe that the article said that the fisheries managers decided to stop commercial fishing for salmon. Why would they do this? Just so I understand, this is not government regulation, right?
Sure it's government. The Pacific Fishery Management Council, which made the decision, is a governmental organization. It's recommendations will not be challenged by the National Marine Fisheries Service.
One of the major problems is the virtual collapse of the Sacramento River salmon fishery as a result of dam operations, loss of habitat and runoff from agricultural pollution. But the same can be said for a number of spawing rivers and streams along the West Coast.
There'll still be some sport fishing for salmon off California and Oregon, but it will be severely limited, too. Sport fishing and commercial fishing, although restricted, will be permitted along the Washington coast.