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California Salmon

Published on: August 11, 2019

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California salmon doesn’t satisfy the state’s hunger for this Omega-3 rich product, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture. As the third most frequently consumed seafood in the U.S. under shrimp and canned tuna, average consumption is around 2 pounds per person per year — and most of it comes from farm raised Atlantic salmon from Canada, Chile and Norway.

Salmon fisheries in the federal waters off  California are managed by the Pacific Fishery Management Council, while the state manages them in local waters. Some threatened species of salmon native to river systems in California are  actively managed to preserve habitat and encourage populations to rebuild.

California Salmon Festivals

FORT BRAGG: Billed as World’s Largest Salmon Barbecue, the festival of salmon dining is held each year around the 4th of July.

KLAMATH: Salmon Festival August 17, 2019. The Yurok Tribe’s annual Klamath Salmon Festival a 5K run, parade and salmon dinner cooked in the Yurok tradition.

OROVILLE: Oroville Salmon Festival takes place the last Saturday in September. It features Fish Hatchery Tours, a Downtown Street Fair with Beer Garden and fresh barbecued and smoked salmon.

ANDERSON: Return of the Salmon Festival at Coleman Fish Hatchery is held the third Saturday in October.

KNIGHTS FERRY: Stanislaus River Salmon Festival celebrates the Stanislaus River Salmon on 2nd Saturday in November.

WEAVERVILLE: Weaverville Salmon Festival the 2nd Saturday in October 2019, features fishing demonstrations, a salmon tent  and more.

LAKE TAHOE: Fall Fish Festival (formerly Kokanee Salmon Festival) the first weekend in October 2019 at Taylor Creek Visitor Center celebrates the annual fall migration of the Kokanee salmon.

WINTERS: Winters Salmon Festival (usually held in Rotary Park in early November) has promoted restoration of Putah Creek spawning areas through educational elements, food and entertainment.

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