Commercial salmon fishing season ends on high note

  • The New Sea Angler charter boat crosses Bodega Bay on its way back to the dock after a day of fishing for salmon in 2007. (PD FILE, 2007)

The commercial salmon fishing season wrapped up Tuesday, meaning the looming end of locally caught fish in the region's markets and restaurants for the year.

No firm numbers on the season will be available until later this month, but regulators and fishing industry representatives said the year was a great improvement over the dismal numbers in recent years.

“However, we're worried that this year's drought may cripple future salmon runs, something we won't be able to measure well until 2015,” said John McManus, executive director of the Golden Gate Salmon Association. “The diversion of short supplies of salmon water this year left many juvenile salmon in extremely dangerous conditions in our inland waterways.”

The sport fishing season continues through Nov. 10.

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