Here's one editorial that seem to be on the objective about this issue..."April 16, 2008 Headlines Salmon Season Closed It's been quite awhile since anglers have received any good news in regards to our fisheries but that is exactly what we want to share with our readers today. GOOD NEWS X THREE!. See our "Fishing News" page for key policy changes and a court ruling that will improve our future salmon returns. No, we will not have an ocean salmon season this year or next but this bill, a court ruling and a new F&G and federal hatchery release policy will help enhance our fisheries in the future. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------Connnk, connnk, connnk... that is the PFMC's hammer, nailing in the last spike to the coffin of our California salmon fisheries. We just received word on Thursday 4-10 evening that the entire coast of California has been closed to salmon fishing. Our source who called in at 6:PM from the PFMC meeting left just a brief message saying that while they tried to get a short Klamath Management Zone and Eureka fishery as well as a few holiday weekends the models could not justify any fishery at all in California. Oregon fared only slightly better with no commercial season and a few very limited sport areas open this year. We still don't know the allowed quota for the Klamath in-river fishery and if there will be a fishery with no adult take on the Central Valley rivers??? It is NOT the PFMC's fault for closing the fishery. The collapse of our salmon fisheries is due to the governor of California allowing unchecked water diversion by the state Department of Water Resources and the BOR which resulted in the collapse of the Delta food chain. This coupled with (but certainly not the largest impact) with poor ocean feed conditions in 2005 and 2006 and the 50% reduction in hatchery production over the past few years are the reason (s) for the collapse of our salmon stocks. It's not over fishing, it's just a complete incompetence by our state and federal agencies who are suppose to manage and protect our water and fishery resources who are to blame. One day, maybe the public will wake but for now it's too late and a $100 million plus fishery has been lost. Only though the support of the many organizations that are fighting for the recovery of our fisheries will we every have a salmon fishery again. I hope that our readers will support us and the many others out there in that effort. The salmon have no voice other than anglers and if we don't continue this battle we will have failed our children and a fishery will love so much. What a terrible legacy we have left the generations behind us. I hope that the politicians, fishery managers and the governor are out there are proud of their "accomplishments". Mike Aughney-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Back on the Soap BoxThe future of our fisheries appear very bleak. Between the nearly complete shut down of our California salmon fisheries, the upcoming adoption of MLPAs, shortened rockfish seasons, the collapse of the Delta due to unprecedented water diversion levels and the complete lack of management by the Department of Fish and Game we are now on the edge of a compete collapse of not only our fisheries but sportfishing as we know it today.There is some hope of a better future but only if sport anglers support the many groups that are working their tails off to ensure viable fisheries in the future. I receive several emails every week from readers asking who they should support? The short answer is all of them. While these groups do compete to get their "message" out all have one thing in common, healthy viable fisheries and our right to fish in the future.With the salmon season all but completely shut down for the next two years we are going to be much more focused on the political side of our fisheries and will be highlighting different fishery groups and the great things they are doing throughout our pages. Over the past several months we have been talking up Water4fish.org We have been working closely water4fish founders Dick Poole and Sep Hendrickson. To date over 55,000 sport anglers have signed their petition. Dick has said that USAFishing.com readers have been key to their success of raising political support to stop future water diversions out of the Delta and our rivers. He just wanted to say thanks to everyone for their support and sent a letter stating that this week. That battle in far from over and much more needs to be done on many fronts. The most pressing issue right now is the MLPAs and the effects it will have on recreational fishing opportunities for decades to come. The Coastside Fishing Club has been leading the charge to keep huge areas of our coast from being shut down to sportfishing through the MLPAS process. For the past several years they have been at the forefront of this fight and have come up with the best proposal "2XA" which will protect fisheries and allow sportfishing in many of the MLPAs to continue. They are working closely with the ASA to ensure that YOU can have the right to fish in the future. Environmental groups have been spending millions to use the MLPA process to stop fishing along huge swaths of our coast. Individuals within Coastside have put in literally 1000s of hours of their own personal time to fight for your right to fish. We are asking that you go to http://capwiz.com/ke...ESS=Take Action
and sign their petition. It takes only about two minutes to support your right to fish in the future. I want to express my thanks to Coastside for all they have done. I only hope that our readers see how important this issue is. If 2XA is not adopted by the Cal Fish and Game Commission we could lose nearly all of our most viable rockfishing areas within state waters from Pigeon Pt to Point Arena. Anglers need to get involved with the political process and support the many groups that are fighting for the fisheries we all so much love. If every California angler donated the equivalent of what they spend on their annual fishing license ($38.85 plus stamps) over $100 MILLION could be raised ever year. With a war chest of this size sportfishing organizations would have the political clout and funding to turn our fisheries around. If anglers don't support these groups then our fisheries and fishing rights will only continue to vanish right before our eyes. Mike Aughney"