Fisheries biologists present California ocean salmon abundance forecast for 2022
At the annual salmon briefing meeting virtually today, state and federal fisheries scientists presented updates on the number of spawning salmon that have returned to the rivers California in 2021 and shared the predicted abundance for the upcoming fishing season. The ocean abundance projection for 2022 for the Sacramento River Fall Chinook, a major salmon stock caught in California waters, is estimated at 396,500 adult salmon, which is higher than the 2021 forecast. The abundance forecast for Klamath River fall chinook is also slightly higher than the 2021 value, with 200,100 adult Klamath River fall chinook expected in the ocean this year, a value that remains well below historic stock levels.
During the meeting, recreational anglers and commercial salmon troll anglers provided feedback and voiced their concerns to a panel of fisheries managers, scientists and industry representatives. Stakeholder feedback will be taken into consideration when developing three-season alternatives at the March 8-14 meeting of the Pacific Fisheries Management Council (PFMC). The final regulations for the season will be adopted at the PFMC meeting from April 6 to 13.
After several years of low returns to the Klamath River basin, Klamath River fall chinook salmon were declared overfished in 2018 and have yet to achieve reconstructed status under the Federal Fisheries Management Plan. with salmon. The PFMC may decide to take a conservative approach when developing the 2022 ocean salmon seasons to provide additional protections to this stock.
To access the documents and information presented at today’s meeting or to learn more about the salmon season definition process, please visit the California Department of Salmon Pre-Season Process webpage. Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). General information on ocean salmon fishing is available on the CDFW Ocean Salmon Project webpage or by calling the CDFW Ocean Salmon Hotline at (707) 576-3429.
Grace Easterbrook, CDFW Marine Region, (707) 576-2375
Harry Morse, CDFW Communications, (208) 220-1169