Fishing ban considered in Ore., Calif. after poor salmon runs

A complete closure of salmon fishing in California and Oregon this year appeared more likely Tuesday after federal managers grappled with statistics that show the number of chinook in in California's Central Valley rivers has fallen by 90 percent since 2002.

Meeting in Sacramento, the Pacific Fishery Management Council was told by its expert staff that even with such a drastic closure, only an estimated 59,100 chinook salmon will spawn this fall in California's Central Valley rivers, including the Sacramento, American and Feather.

That low number is well below the minimum conservation goal of 122,000 fish, leaving officials with few options.

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