From Monterey Bay Aquarium:
April 10, 2009
Salmon Closure 2: ‘An Alarm Bell’
Commercial salmon fishing is banned off California for a second consecutive year, salmon fishermen fear for the future and Monterey Bay Aquarium Executive Director Julie Packard says it’s “an alarm bell” for the critical state of the ocean today.
Clearly we’re reaching limits, which is one reason Julie was back in Washington earlier in the week pressing the Obama Administration to adopt a set of comprehensive ocean management policies.
On the salmon front, there may be hope for the future. President Obama last month signed a wilderness bill that will put water back into 63 miles of the San Joaquin River, which was once one of the state’s most productive salmon rivers.
Not in time to save the 2009 salmon season, but a step in the right direction.