By John Rizzo, MNN News EditorI know I can’t keep my salmon alive for too long.
The fish are too big to catch and they can’t be sold.
But they’re not going to die just because we stop fishing them.
I’m not alone.
In the United States, about a third of the nation’s salmon fisheries are already exhausted.
About two-thirds of those fish are going extinct, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
We’re losing about 300 million pounds of fish a year in the Gulf of Mexico alone.
I’m worried that we might lose another 30 million pounds in a matter of months, says Mike Hickey, a fisherman in San Francisco, California.
He’s not alone in his worries.
It’s not only the salmon.
The number of wild salmon in the Pacific Ocean is declining, too.
In an attempt to protect wild salmon, the Trump administration announced a rule last week that will allow some fishermen to catch more fish and sell them to restaurants and grocery stores.
I think it’s a big win for us, says Kevin O’Connor, president of the Pacific Salmon Alliance, a nonprofit that advocates for the protection of the wild salmon.
But even if the new rules succeed, fishermen aren’t out of the woods yet.
Salmon are vulnerable to pollution, climate change and habitat loss.
And many fish can’t reproduce or pass on their genes to offspring.
“We’re not really seeing a sea change,” says Mike Friesen, the executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
He says the Trump-era rules could lead to more pollution and fewer wild salmon to eat.
But the changes could have some positive effects.
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization says a few more years of protected fishing will have an effect on fish populations.
The agency says it could help reduce the global catch of fish by 10 percent.
The changes in U.s. law could also help save more than 500 million pounds a year of fish in the ocean, according the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations.
So the Trump rule could help.
I can tell you that there is some good news, says Doug Coyle, a senior scientist at the Center For Ocean Research at the University of New Mexico.
It looks like they are getting closer.
And I think they are, because we’re getting closer to a goal of 100 million fish per year.
The Trump-backed rule also helps protect the environment.
The rule calls for federal agencies to consult with states on whether they want to protect fisheries and coastal areas.
And it includes language that allows states to set their own rules to protect their own resources.
That could be a major boon to some coastal states, especially those that depend on coastal waters.
It could also be a boon for those fishing for salmon and tuna.