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 http://www.bakersfieldonline.us/news/read/3/75479  May 1, 05

Salmon fishing along the Oregon and California coasts restricted.


Governor Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement in response to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Fisheries Service's (NOAA Fisheries) approval of an emergency rule to restrict salmon fishing along the Oregon and California coasts:

"The Klamath River Basin Chinook salmon are a vital component of our natural resources and provide significant recreational, commercial and economic benefits to our state and our people. I will make sure that we continue to work with federal agencies, the state of Oregon, Native American tribes and others to improve the long-term health of the Klamath River, but we must take immediate steps now to help communities that rely on this resource for subsistence and economic stability.



"It is critical that we understand the full range of economic impacts of the restricted salmon season. We must also secure immediate financial assistance from the federal government for the coastal communities that are impacted by this action."

Also today prior to the official announcement by NOAA Fisheries, Governor Schwarzenegger and Governor Kulongoksi of Oregon sent joint letters (Link to letter) to several members of Congress in support of their efforts to address the emergency situation posed by the potential restriction of salmon season.

On April 6, the Pacific Fisheries Management Council voted to recommend restrictions on salmon fishing opportunities for commercial and recreational anglers. The NOAA Fisheries officially accepted those recommendations today.

In an April 5 letter (Link to letter) to U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, Governor Schwarzenegger requested that an analysis be done of a commercial fishery failure should the recommendations be adopted. This request would lay the groundwork for economic assistance for California commercial salmon fishermen affected by the partial closure of this year's salmon fishing season. The Department of Fish and Game estimates the economic impact may exceed $60 million.

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