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Sacramento River Salmon Harvest Forecast: More Bad News

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The harvest of Sacramento River fall-run salmon – the largest of California’s dwindling salmon runs – is managed by both state and federal agencies and is based on past-to-present figures of long-term adult escapement (i.e., fish that aren’t caught and survive to spawn) (Figure 1).

The harvest is coordinated under the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC), because many of the ocean fisheries take mixed stocks from both the US states and Canadian provinces. The “fishable” Sacramento River fall-run population is defined as the total number of adults in the ocean and rivers available for harvest in the ocean and rivers. The harvestable stock is defined as adults. It does not include grilse (salmon returning to freshwater after a single season at sea), whose harvest is generally not allowed.

The California Sportfishing Protection Alliance hosts the California Fisheries Blog. The focus will be on pelagic and anadromous fisheries. We will also cover environmental topics related to fisheries such as water supply, water quality, hatcheries, harvest, and habitats. Geographical coverage will be from the ocean to headwaters, including watersheds, streams, rivers, lakes, bays, ocean, and estuaries. Please note that posts on the blog represent the work and opinions of their authors, and do not necessarily reflect CSPA positions or policy.

  • Press Democrat article: Poor outlook for king salmon could shut down California’s sport and commercial seasons, click here.
  • If you would like to learn more about how the Salmon Seasons are set by fishery managers, visit the NCGASA Facebook page and click on EVENTS for a link to our ZOOM Meeting on Sunday, March 5 at 7pm, click HERE.
  • Click here for previous post about the PFMC Meetings and how you can attend.

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