So what drives the ocean ecosystem and let’s salmon thrive and return in large numbers to support sport and commercial fishing? Forage fish of course play an important part in feeding salmon, but only if forage fish are available in adequate numbers. Forage fish are in danger from over harvest for use as bait, feed for fish farming operations (some reports say it takes 3 pounds of forage fish to grow one pound of farmed salmon), fertilizer, and more.
Read more about the problem and proposed solutions from the Seattle Times:
It might seem crazy and backwards to think that a government is seriously considering rolling back environmental protections on fisheries and habitat, but that’s exactly what is being discussed in Canada. Osprey Steelhead News brings the issue to us here, and gives links to more information.
Awesome outdoor clothing manufacturer Patagonia is now making a line of wild salmon jerky. Pretty sweet. Apparently all the salmon will come from sustainable fisheries using non-gillnet methods such as tangle-tooth, dip nets, beach dragnets, and fish wheels. Having paired with Skeena Wild, the point is to move seafood industry away from counterproductive practices such as overfishing and fish farming. Read more about this on the LA Times website.
CCA, or the Coastal Conservation Association is asking Washington and Oregon to end gillnetting on certain stretches of the Columbia river. Even thought the states have closed the area below Bonneville dam to sportfishing in from May-August, commercial gillnetting is still allowed during the sport fishing closure.
“It’s a little bit of a poke in the eye for the recreational community to voluntarily give up a very popular, productive fishery for conservation and find out they are still running gillnets through there specifically targeting those same sturgeon,’’ said Bryan Irwin, executive director of the Coastal Conservation Association in the Northwest. ”