|NMFS Report on Status of Ocean Resources - old news ( March 2010 - revisited)|
Posted by seldom seen slim on May 17, 2010 at 12:58:03:|
Fish stocks are not "in decline"; overfishing is not occurring in our region or anywhere on the west coast of the USA.
Not all rockfishes have declined in abundance over the past two decades. A number of species such as chilipepper, yellowtail rockfish, gopher rockfish, and blackgill rockfish are above their target levels, with estimated spawning biomass ranging from 52 to 97% of unfished levels (Figure 15-3). These rockfish inhabit a wide range of habitats which span nearshore, shelf, and slope depths. Although relatively abundant, landings for some of these species are near historical lows as a result of catch restrictions associated with rebuilding species that co-occur with these abundant stocks.
Because Pacific salmon depend on freshwater
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