California salmon fisheries. (Photo: Department of Fish and Game)
(UNITED STATES, 4/4/2018)
NOAA Fisheries has estimated that last year's closure of the commercial ocean salmon toll fishery off the West Coast cost from USD 5.8 million to USD 8.9 million in lost income for fishermen, with the loss of 200 to 330 jobs.
Scientists hope the new fisheries closure loss model, based on the fishermen's decisions and described for the first time this week in Marine Policy, will help policy makers anticipate the economic toll of fisheries closures.
According to aid lead author Kate Richerson, a marine ecologist with NOAA Fisheries' Northwest Fisheries Science Center and the University of Washington, such foresight may be especially useful as conditions in the Cali...