Have salmon populations bounced back after they started having more strict regulations?



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    This is a complicated issue, and depends on the location.  In general, salmon populations in Europe, the East Coast, and the West Coast still have greatly diminished salmon populations.  The most successful salmon fisheries are in Alaska.

    One problem that’s holding back the resurgence of salmon populations is that the regulations change with the salmon populations.  There is a certain percentage of salmon that can be taken.  Every few years, based on ocean conditions, salmon populations increase.  The regulations then get loosened to allow a larger take, rather than letting this relative boon allow the populations to rebuild. 

    I highly recommend reading King of Fish: The Thousand Year Run of Salmon by David R. Montgomery.  It is easy to read and describes the history of Atlantic and Pacific salmon fishing and regulations. 

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