Monday, August 28, 2017
Climate Change Hurting Chinook Salmon
Global warming is gradually heating the surface waters of the Northern Pacific, making extreme events like the Blob more likely. Surface water temperatures are still elevated a few degrees Fahrenheit above normal. NOAA's recent salmon survey show ocean salmon are still in decline. The results of the research are scheduled to be released in September. Climate models do not show the North Pacific heating up this much so soon. So there is some hope that conditions will improve for the king of salmon. Meanwhile, the cancellation of Alaska's season is estimated to cost the troll fleet and processors $6 million.