Has the salmon populations bounced back from overfishing in the 80’s and 90’s?



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    No.  The Atlantic Salmon was listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act in 2000 and commercial fishing is illegal. 

    The Coho salmon population in Alaska is stable but three populations are threatened and one endangered in the Pacific Northwest. Pink salmon is doing alright both in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.  Chum salmon in the Pacific Northwest was historically overfished but is no longer endangered and doesn’t seem to be suffering overfishing at present.  One population of Sockeye salmon is endangered and one threatened in the Pacific Northwest and they, too, are stable in Alaska.  The situation with the Chinook salmon is similar; some populations in the Pacific Northwest are stable while some are endangered and threatened.  Chinook catch was down 33% between 2007 and 2008.  In fact, in 2008 the state of California’s Chinook catch was down 67% from the previous year and was down 88% from an all-time high in 2003, when population restoration was underway.

    These populations are all being monitored.






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