About Commercial Salmon Fishing

About Commercial Salmon Fishing
Commercial salmon fishing takes place primarily in the states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon and California; it also occurs in Canada. In Alaska alone, commercial fishermen sold an average of almost 750 million pounds of salmon each year between 2000 and 2004.

Signifiance

In Alaska, the statewide in-season commercial salmon harvest peaks at, on average, 25,000,000 fish a week in the middle of the season.

Government

In Canada, commercial salmon fisheries are run by Fisheries and Oceans Canada. In the United States, fisheries are governed by state-run Divisions of Commercial Fisheries.

Significance

Fisheries management organizations balance commercial fisheries with recreational, sport and subsistence fishing.

Potential Trouble

The Pacific Fishery Management Council voted to cancel commercial salmon fishing season in 2008 and 2009 due to extremely low salmon returns.

Methods

Commercial salmon fishing is typically done through three methods: Gillnetting, trolling and purse seining.

Size

Commercial salmon fishing boats average between 30 and 50 feet in length, no matter what method they're using to catch salmon.

Article Written By Marie Mulrooney

Marie Mulrooney has written professionally since 2001. Her diverse background includes numerous outdoor pursuits, personal training and linguistics. She studied mathematics and contributes regularly to various online publications. Mulrooney's print publication credits include national magazines, poetry awards and long-lived columns about local outdoor adventures.

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