California salmon season nears, with hopes of a longer season and lower prices

San Francisco Chronicle –

When commercial fishermen head out to catch Chinook salmon for their first trip of the season on May 1, they’ll be able to look forward to what’s shaping up to be the longest salmon season in several years.

On Tuesday, the schedule for the 2019 commercial salmon season was announced by the Pacific Fishery Management Council, which determines the dates and quotas of West Coast fishing every year.

California fishermen will have 30 percent more time to fish this year, according to an estimate from John Koeppen, a Santa Cruz commercial fisherman and an adviser for the council.

“We’re seeing a rebound. We’re cautious that we’re on the upswing,” said Koeppen.