Posted by Peter Fimrite on the Village Green, San Francisco Chronicle
The plight of California salmon has become almost an obsession among environmental groups and fishermen in California and Oregon, but nobody seems to know what is ailing the scaly critters.
What is known is that the pink fish are disappearing from our waters so fast that all ocean fishing was banned this year in California and Oregon for the first time ever.
Many are blaming the collapse of the fishery this year entirely on water diversions from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. That, in fact, is the gist of a report released July 24 by the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Association and Water 4 Fish.