Overfishing trends that were recently recorded have undoubtedly led to a decrease in the fish populations, in both hatcheries and the wild. While the art of fishing is part of a long-time tradition, authorities are currently considering limiting both the amount of fish that can be caught and the times during which people can perform this sport.
In some parts of the United Stated, the authorities are considering to close the salmon fishing season in order to save the species. On one hand, the measure will surely anger many people passionate about fishing, and the economy will also probably be hurt. On the other hand, the population of salmon would reach normal number once more.
With the start of the summer, salmon will also begin migrating. In this context, the authorities believe that fishermen will overfish instead of picking their prey from hatcheries. For instance, Seattle will soon make a decision since it currently has two options: either cancel the whole salmon fishing season or implement a limit of two salmon to be fished per person each day and open the hatcheries for all to fish there.
The owner of the Deep Sea Charters of Westport and member of the advisory board for sport fishing of the state, Larry Giese, is of the opinion that
“The tribes were very adamant about issuing a zero fishing option, and while the meetings started off bad it gradually got better. Our top priority is to make sure we protect the poor coho returns on rivers like the Queets, Quillayute and Hoh.”
Giese also indicated that he is aware that some might not agree with the functionality of the production of the hatcheries. However, when faced with such situations, these places offer alternatives that can contribute to the protection of wild fish.
Even though authorities are doing their best to solve the issue, the fishery managers are also trying to find a way to deal with it and contribute to the collective effort of saving salmon. Most people expect the fish to return as soon as possible. However, there is a great possibility this will not happen. In this case, fisheries are also in peril, especially if they will be required to allow people to fish there.
In the end, as the director of the Fish and Wildlife service Jim Unsworth has stated, conserving wild salmon remain the top priority, no matter the price.
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