Salmon fishing off Washington’s coast could shut down for the 2016 season because of the huge shortfall predicted for returning coho. For charter fishing owners like Don Davenport of Ocean Sport Fishing, that could mean a bleak season. “It would have a major effect. Probably 50 percent of our business is salmon,” Davenport said.
The state Department of Fish and Wildlife along with tribal and federal fishery managers are considering a shutdown because of a predicted shortage of wild coho, or silver salmon. The numbers are so low, Lorraine Loomis, chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, said in a news release, “In many instances returns will likely be far below minimum levels needed to produce the next generation of salmon.”
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