Plan will restrict West Coast chinook fishing to protect orcas
September 23, 2021
SEATTLE (AP) - Federal officials have approved a plan that calls for cutting nontribal salmon fishing along the West Coast when the fish are needed to help the Northwest’s endangered killer whales.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries adopted the plan Sept. 14 as recommended by the Pacific Fishery Management Council. It calls for restricting commercial and recreational salmon fishing when chinook salmon numbers are especially low.
It’s one of the first times a federal agency has restricted hunting or fishing one species to benefit a predator that relies on it.