Salmon numbers rise

High numbers for salmon spawning indicate a possible boost for coastal fishing business.

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The Oregon salmon fleet may be able to fish again in 2010, with the number of salmon spawning in California’s Sacramento River jumping from 39,000 last year to a forecasted 245,000.

The increased numbers are also good news for the businesses supported by the industry, which were hurt by two years of caps on the amount of Chinook that could be caught.

“It’s a huge improvement, but it’s not that great,” said Don McIsaac, executive director of the [Pacific Fishery Management Council].

A key question, McIsaac said, is how accurate the forecast turns out to be. Last year’s prediction was 122,000 spawners. The actual returns were only a third of that.

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