Here is a update of sorts from the Daily World and this one is hard to get ones arms around.

Willapa Bay, Grays Harbor natural fall Chinook removed from NOAA overfishing list
Mon May 15th, 2017 7:00pmNEWS

Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor natural fall Chinook have been removed from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 2016 annual report to Congress on the status of U.S. fisheries overfishing list. A second report details the economic impact of commercial fishing and the seafood business across the nation.

A stock is on the overfishing list when the catch rate is too high. A stock is on the overfished list when the population size of a stock is too low, whether because of fishing or other causes, such as environmental changes.

The report, released last week, includes two other Washington salmon runs removed from the overfishing list: Hoh River coho salmon and upper Columbia River Basin summer Chinook.

“These reports show that the U.S. is on the right track when it comes to sustainably managing our fisheries,” said Samuel Rauch, acting assistant administrator for NOAA Fisheries. “Rebuilding and keeping stocks at sustainable levels will help us address the growing challenge of increasing our nation’s seafood supply and keep us competitive in a global marketplace.”

Meanwhile, U.S. commercial and recreational fishing generated $208 billion in sales, contributed $97 billion to the gross domestic product and supported 1.6 million full- and part-time jobs in 2015 — above the five-year average — according to NOAA’s Fisheries Economics of the United States report also released. The report attributes $2.5 billion in sales to Washington state.

“U.S. fisheries are big business,” said Rauch. “Sustainable management of our nation’s fisheries, supported by sound science, opens up economic opportunities to Americans along the supply chain — from buying bait at a local marina to enjoying a seafood dinner.”

According to the report, the U.S commercial fishing and seafood industry — including imports — generated $144 billion in sales in 2015, a 6 percent decline from the previous year, and supported 1.2 million jobs, a 15 percent decline from 2014, although this is still above the five-year average. Factors such as the “warm blob,” marine toxins and El Nino affected the Pacific marine environment in 2015, and West Coast fishermen saw lower landings and revenue for several key commercial species.

Saltwater angling generated $63 billion in sales across the economy in 2015, up 5 percent from 2014. Job impacts in the marine recreational fishing industry remained steady from 2014 at 439,000 jobs. Mississippi, Connecticut, South Carolina, Washington and Alaska had the greatest recreational fishing sector job growth in 2015.

Edited by Rivrguy (05/17/17 03:16 AM)
Dazed and confused.............the fog is closing in