Competition for Scarce Water
6:23 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Commercial Fishing Fears the Drought

Greatly reduced flows in California waterways, such as this stretch of the American River, pose a serious threat to the state's salmon fishery.
Greatly reduced flows in California waterways, such as this stretch of the American River, pose a serious threat to the state's salmon fishery.

While farmers and residential water users watch reservoirs drop lower and lower, commercial fishermen are already bracing for poor catches in the coming years, as low river flows and dry streambeds devastate spawning runs. 

   Agriculture is not the only competitor for the water that salmon need for spawning, notes Chuck Cappotto, President of the Bodega Bay Fishermen’s Marketing Association. He fears another, potentially more voracious water use.