The 2015 Salmon Season is Shaping Up

The recreational salmon season will open on April 4 as planned. Questions about specific regulations, and when it will close, are still open for debate by the Pacific Fishery Management Council – where President Dan Wolford is a voting member, and Chairman Marc Gorelnik is on the Salmon Advisory Subpanel. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has proposed ending the season as much as two months early. We are advocating for a precautionary approach to this year’s season because of concerns with NEXT year’s winter-run salmon. If done properly, these concerns can be mitigated without bringing about early closures in the fall that would have major impacts to all fishery segments – both commercial and recreational. There will be public testimony opportunities in Ft Bragg on March 31, and at the Council meeting itself on Saturday and Sunday, April 11 and 12, in Rohnert Park. For more details see the two letters or the PFMC website for meeting information.