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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2002 | KENNETH R. WEISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an emergency action, federal officials Thursday ordered a halt to commercial fishing off much of the California coast beginning July 1 for varieties of rockfish commonly sold as red snapper, including one type so overfished it may take 90 years to recover. The Pacific Fishery Management Council also requested that California officials extend the ban to recreational fishermen as soon as possible--which probably means early July.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2006 | Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writer
Federal regulators are considering an unprecedented ocean fishing ban on Chinook salmon along 700 miles of California and Oregon coast, threatening to spread distress from beleaguered commercial fleets to family dinner tables. The Pacific Fishery Management Council meets next week in Seattle to recommend how the federal government should tackle a problem caused by plummeting commercial salmon stocks on the troubled Klamath River.
NATIONAL
February 28, 2012 | By Kim Murphy
Talk to a fisherman on the West Coast and he'll give you a hard-luck story.  The once-glorious salmon runs of the Pacific Northwest are mostly shadows of what they once were, some threatened with outright extinction, and few rivers have had as many troubles as the Klamath, as it runs from southern Oregon into Northern California. Once the third-most productive salmon river system in the U.S., the Klamath last year saw only about 233,000 fall chinook - the big, meaty salmon prized by fishermen - headed back to spawn.  In 2008, the number was only 68,000.
NEWS
November 16, 2000 | JOHN BALZAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For years, the best minds in the science of fisheries held a conceit: Humans could not drive oceanic fish into extinction. Now, America's preeminent professional society of fishery scientists has roiled those old waters and concluded that humans can--and are--pushing once-common species of saltwater fish toward the brink. In a study of North American waters, the 10,000-member American Fisheries Society listed 82 species and stocks as "at risk of extinction."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2006 | Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writer
Aboard his weatherworn fishing boat, Duncan MacLean has pulled a livelihood from the high seas. He takes pride in putting seafood on dinner tables. He loves his workday on the roller-coaster swells. But that storied way of life is at risk for West Coast fishermen. The culprit is a sick river and its dwindling salmon runs.
OPINION
December 30, 2008
Laura Bush does not have a halo, and, as far as we know, Dick Cheney doesn't wield a pitchfork. Yet it's hard not to see the two as the angel and the demon on President Bush's shoulders as he ponders whether to protect vast stretches of pristine ocean habitat in the remote Pacific. For months, Bush has been considering the creation of two sweeping marine reserves, a move that would make him the most ocean-friendly president in history.
NEWS
July 6, 1996 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Michael B. Montgomery, an El Monte attorney and former state Republican Party chairman, has been indicted on criminal charges of trying to influence Assemblyman Bill Hoge (R-Pasadena) to violate California's ethics and conflict-of-interest laws. Sacramento County Assistant Chief Deputy Dist. Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1992 | JEFF BARNARD, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Tom Davis spent three years restoring a 1920s Monterey clipper so he could follow his father down to the sea to fish for salmon. The little boat crashed again and again through a wall of water crossing the bar at the mouth of the mountain-lined Chetco River because Davis had to get onto the ocean to make a living.
BUSINESS
April 8, 2010 | By Hal Bernton
In 1911, Tordenskjold, a 75-foot schooner hewed from old-growth fir, left the Ballard, Wash., docks for its first season of halibut fishing off Alaska. Back then, sails supplemented the power of a feeble two-cylinder gas engine and the crew fished from small dories that launched over the side into the perilous North Pacific waters. Today, the Tordenskjold runs on diesel and the dories are long gone. But this boat still heads north each spring to join in a halibut harvest that over the last century has helped establish Ballard as a hub of the North American fishing industry.
NATIONAL
March 1, 2012 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
  The once-legendary salmon streams of the Pacific Northwest have been battling steep declines in the celebrated fish for years, and nowhere has the challenge been tougher than on the Klamath River, with salmon struggling to survive the perils of dams, drought and water wars on the river that flows from southern Oregon into California. But in a stunning reversal that state wildlife officials are at a loss to fully explain, nearly 1.6 million chinook salmon, the big, meaty fish most prized by fishermen, are expected to try to make their way into and up the river to spawn this fall.
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