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El Niño causing adversity for salmon fishing industry

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The outlook for the salmon fishing industry isn't looking good, even though El Niño has brought some rain to the drought-stricken West Coast.

Last year was disastrous for Chinook salmon. The California drought reduced river levels and made the water too warm for many salmon to survive.

This year is expected to be even worse. Not only are the rivers too warm, but El Niño has created unseasonably warm ocean temperatures, and salmon like cold water.

With the salmon population in decline, the fishing industry is bracing for increased restrictions. Including a shorter fishing season and lower bag limits.

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