The state Fish and Game Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to extend the closure of North Coast rivers to anglers.
"I think it's really encouraging that the commission voted this way," Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Jordan Traverso said. "It's an opportunity, since we can't make it rain, to take action to relieve the salmon and steelhead population from any additional stress. It's really about keeping as many adult spawning salmon and steelhead in the rivers as possible."
From October through the end of January, rivers on the North Coast can be closed if a certain low-flow threshold is reached, Traverso said. Last week, California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials recommended parts of the Eel, Van Duzen, Mad and Mattole rivers and Redwood Creek continue to be closed if the water hits a low-threshold level.
Board of Supervisors Chairman Rex Bohn said he agrees with the ruling.
"The way the rivers look right now, I understand 100 percent," Bohn said. "The flow is so low right now that the fish are being held up anywhere there's deep water. Right now, it's probably best to not put the stress on them and wait for this (weekend's) rain event."
Once the California Office of Administration Law approves the decision, the regulations will go into effect. Traverso said the earliest she thinks that will happen is Feb. 23.
The commission will meet again in April to re-evaluate the situation, Traverso added.
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