Feds declare salmon disaster

The federal government has declared the commercial salmon industry in California and part of Oregon a disaster, and conditions in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta are partly to blame.

The declaration by U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke is a continuation of an order issued last year and paves the way for Congress to allocate disaster relief dollars for Northwest fishers.

The commercial Chinook salmon fishing season will be closed from Cape Falcon, Ore., all the way to the U.S. border with Mexico in San Diego County.

Researchers are working to better understand the effects that ocean changes have on salmon populations, but evidence suggests problems with the salmon population stem from environmental degradation and invasive species in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, where water has been siphoned off in record sums for farming and urban consumption. Unfavorable shifts in ocean temperature are also likely to blame.

This is very scary as we are seeing a rapid decline in salmon populations in various places around the world.

What is it going to take for us to sustainably manage our food resources?


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