It's been a long, long haul for California's salmon fishermen. But this year has been a boom. How has the fishing been? So good they're postponing their annual salmon festival so they can stay out on the water.
The Golden Gate Salmon Assn., a group of commercial and recreational fishermen and related businesses that is dedicated to restoring the salmon fishery and habitat, announced this week that its annual fund-raising dinner originally scheduled for this weekend had been pushed back to Sept. 21.
“We regret the last-minute change,” Victor Gonella, president of the association, said in a statement. “But we are enjoying one of the best salmon seasons in years and fisherman have told us they want to stay on the water. Who can blame them, really, after the less than stellar years of the recent past.”
"Less-than-stellar" is being kind. After peaking in 2003 with a catch that totaled more than 7 million pounds, the seasons were closed altogether in 2008 and 2009, and in 2010, the harvest was restricted to only a little more than 250,000 pounds.