By Julie Watson and Lisa Baumann
Associated Press 

Federal fishery council votes to close California, Oregon coast to chinook catch


April 12, 2023

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal regulatory group voted last Thursday to officially close king salmon fishing season along much of the West Coast after near-record low numbers of the fish returned to California’s rivers last year.

The Pacific Fishery Management Council approved the closure of the 2023 season for all commercial and most recreational chinook fishing along the coast from Cape Falcon in northern Oregon to the California-Mexico border. Limited recreational salmon fishing will be allowed off southern Oregon in the fall.

“The forecasts for chinook returning to California rivers th...

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