Tuesday April 23, 2024

Northern California Public Media

More voices are urging President Joe Biden to declare a national fishery disaster in California, where salmon have largely vanished and the commercial and recreational salmon fishing seasons likely cancelled for a second year in a row.

That’s as a few hopeful signs appear on the horizon.

This week North Bay Congressman Jared Huffman and 20 other federal lawmakers joined Governor Gavin Newsom in urging the federal declaration.

Such a move would provide financial aid to idled salmon fishers, tribal nations, charter boat operators and others depending on the industry.

The appeal describes the back-to-back closure as both “unprecedented” and a “devastating crisis.”

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