W. Coast Salmon Numbers Up, Fishing Prospects Dim

By: Jeff Barnard AP
By: Jeff Barnard AP

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - The forecast for West Coast salmon doesn't look good for fishermen.

Expectations are for twice as many salmon as last year overall, but barely enough chinook returning to California's Sacramento River to spawn a new generation.

That will likely mean no fishing off California and little off Oregon - no improvement over 2008, when salmon fishermen qualified for federal assistance for the second year in a row.

Chuck Tracy of the Pacific Fishery Management Council says more food and colder ocean temperatures probably helped the numbers.

Glen Spain of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations, which represents California fishermen, says Sacramento Basin river conditions still need to improve.

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