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Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival Meets a Canceled Salmon Season

Over 20 boats braved 30+ knot winds to participate in the Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival Boat Parade and Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday, April 23. This was the 50th anniversary of the annual festival, which usually marks the opening of salmon season (sadly, salmon season has been canceled this year). Decorated boats motored up the channel, and upon their return to the marina, were blessed by local clergy.

Bodega Bay Fisherman's festival
Moored in Bodega Bay, Janice Dahms and Evan Gomberg of the Beneteau 423 EJ Flyer were the only sailors in the parade.
© 2023 Lisa Hotchkiss

Aboard their Beneteau 423, EJ Flyer, Janice Dahms and Evan Gomberg of Occidental were the only sailors in the parade this year — the strong winds kept their colorful pennants flying proudly!

Bodega Bay Fisherman's Festival
Sadly, salmon fishermen will have to fish for something else this year, with hope that the salmon population will recover.
© 2023 Lisa Hotchkiss

This is the first year since 2008 that the salmon season has been closed for both recreational and commercial salmon fishing. Despite this year’s heavy rains, the low fish stock is caused by the prior eight years of drought. The Golden State Salmon Association is doing what it can, but for now, nature just needs time to recover.

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  1. Randy Repass 1 year ago

    Yes drought was certainly a factor, however decisions made by the Newsom administration not allocating small amounts of cool river water stored in reservoirs when salmon need it in the fall for spawning and in the spring to help the baby salmon get out to the ocean is the main reason for the closure. This gives Golden State Salmon Assn., of which I am chairman, the opportunity to publicize California’s anti-environment river water policies. Ca. is usually a leader in environmental policy, absolutely not so when it comes to water.

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