Here we meet the
fishermen! How do they feel? How are
they impacted? To what do they attribute the
Klamath River fish concerns? We share with
you their input and related articles.
Also here we
find fish reports.
Donate to Coastal Fishermen
for Fishermen/Farmer Page
compiled by Julie Smithson, 11/15/06. For anyone hoping
to make sense of scientific reports or fishery data,
this information is essential. Smithson defines terms
like 'Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP), Fish and Wildlife
Coordination Act, Habitat Effectiveness Index (HEI), etc
to help us understand technical reports. Thank you
FULL NAS report:
Delayed upwelling alters nearshore coastal ocean ecosystems in the
northern California currents, Proceedings of the National
Academy of Science March 2007.
HERE for summary,
devote a large amount of our resources for salmon recovery to
in-stream habitat restoration ... but should also be focusing some
resources on learning more about the oceanic conditions that
effect salmon population health as well."
Emails about the book
The Great Salmon Hoax by James
Buchal have been circulating in the
midst of Klamath dam destruction
schemes. Dams, mismanagement,
Endangered Species Act, ..."This
book is written to begin debunking
these myths and provide a
comprehensive summary of the best
available scientific evidence on the
prospects for salmon recovery. It
also tells the many stories of how
these myths arose, who is promoting
them, and how the promoters have
overcome both science and law.
Myth #1: Columbia Basin Salmon Are
in Danger of Extinction."
Scientist testifies against GE fish ban, label bill, Capital Press, posted to KBC 3/22/13. "They grow fast. They grow large. And they are aggressive, and they can outcompete for habitat," Holvey said of the GE fish. "This is too big a risk for us to take to watch the native species of Pacific salmon potentially get decimated."
Here for Frankenfish Page
The official Klamath River Pacific Fisheries Management Council's (PFMC) Chinook Salmon count is in! by Steve Rapalyea 3/17/13.
"With a 2012 return almost double the highest documented
pre dam return, it is obvious we must hurry and get the
dams removed on the Klamath to "restore" the runs to
their much smaller pre dam size!"
Are Solid For Strong Season Of Chinook Fishing, Mail Tribune 3/9/13.
Another sad story:
Explosive Fed. Mandate Killing Thousands of Red Snapper, local15tv,
posted to KBC 3/4/13. " 'They tell us not to fish [red
snapper] but they’re blowing them up,' charter boat Captain Jason Domange
told Local 15, 'It’s a cryin’ shame.' "
Genetically modified ‘frankenfish’ to appear in US stores, RT.com, posted to KBC 1/12/13.
See KBC News FRANKENFISH PAGE
Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO), or
Study of ocean conditions and climate as related to fisheries.
Wild coho season on
coastal rivers opens Sept. 15, DFG, posted to KBC 9/17/12. "...almost
300,000 wild coho are expected to return to coastal rivers and lakes, and
that means anglers will be able to harvest even more fish than last
year...coastal coho continue to be listed under the federal Endangered
Species Act...On some rivers, like the Umpqua and Siuslaw, the quotas are
almost double what they were a year ago."
Reeling them in; record Klamath
salmon returns mean a good season
for local fishermen,
Times-Standard, posted to KBC
”The salmon runs have been
phenomenal this year,” Sherry
Klassen said. “We have never
witnessed a season like this before.
Everyone is talking about it. It is
A fisherman sues the
feds for acting like crooks, Washington Examiner, posted to KBC 8/22/12.
Commerce Department's inspector general reviewed the NOAA's Asset Forfeiture
Fund -- where Yacubian's $430,000 fine went -- and found that "these funds
were used to purchase 'luxurious' undercover vessels, buy 202 vehicles for a
staff of 172 enforcement personnel, and take trips around the world....A
special investigative judge concluded there is 'credible evidence that money
was NOAA's motivating objective in this case.' There's also knowledgeable
belief that the NOAA's purpose is to eradicate the fishing industry."
Letter and documentation to
Irma Largomarcino, Supervisor National Marine Fishery Service
Arcata Area Office, and California Biodiversity Council, from Siskiyou
County Supervisor Marcia Armstrong regarding coho genetics in the Klamath,
Calls on Obama Admin. to Provide Transparent Answers to Outstanding Questions,
Disclose Documents on National Ocean Policy Prior to Imposing Final
The Bite is On!
Fishing for Salmon off California Coast is Best in Years, CDFG / Department
of Fish and Game, posted to KBC 8/9/12. “Thanks to the favorable ocean
conditions and plentiful food, all the reports we are receiving from the coast
are very positive,” said DFG Northern Regional Manager Neil Manji....Early
forecasts predicted 819,000 adult Sacramento River fall-run Chinook and 1.7
million Klamath River fall-run Chinook adults off the coast...."“In my 26 years
of working with salmon on the North Coast, I have never seen such a remarkable
beginning to a salmon season." KBC EDITOR:
6 years ago
government agencies and groups like PCFFA shut down salmon fisheries and
blamed Klamath dams and Klamath farmers for low count of Klamath salmon in the
ocean, NOT ocean conditions. HERE is the
Farmer-Fisherman Page from
2006-7. The Oregon Trollers claimed PCFFA / Glen Spain did not represent
them. Here is another letter about
Spain by Don Stevens, advisor to the Oregon Salmon Commission.They
bribed and sued and blackmailed farm leaders into agreeing to destroying the
hydro dams and downsizing ag, in an alliance with PCFFA and DFG. Summer
2012: dams are still in, farmers still farming, and DFG proclaims good salmon
run because of ocean conditions. Here for Glen
for more water from Trinity dam to avoid massive Klamath fish kill,
Here are scientific and other reports on the 2002 fish die off, and how the
extra lethally warm water sent down the Klamath was lethal to salmon:
Klamath Water Users updates written before the 2002
Klamath River fish die-off warning that more
warm water may harm fish, along with National
Research Council comments.
KBC Fish Die-Off page
salmon season expected, starting today, Sacramento Bee, posted to KBC
7/18/12. "Is there any debate still about what caused the population
decline? Among federal and state fishery managers, there's a consensus that
it was ocean conditions – very poor ocean conditions – that did not produce
enough food for adult salmon."
Following is how the
federal government regulated many commercial fishermen out of business by
blaming them for low salmon runs, even in the Sacramento.
Farmers and fishermen have
Klamath solutions; Feds continue to regulate and
decimate both industries, KBC News 10/29/06.
"A fisherman said there are more fish in the
ocean now yet the government is regulating one run
of salmon on the Klamath. Sacramento had the
largest run in history but the feds would not
allow the fishermen to fish it because they might
catch a Klamath Chinook that was not spawned in a
hatchery because of a low estimated run."
The Klamath Farmers /
Fishermen Coalition existed before PCFFA/Pacific Coast Federation of
Fishermen, ecoterrorists and the tribes, hijacked the fisherman/farmer coalition
demanding dam removal, downsizing agriculture, and expanding tribal land and
tribal fishing in the KBRA / Klamath Basin
Commission sets 2012 coastal coho, fall chinook salmon seasons, ODFW, posted to KBC 6/9/12. "...coastal coho were listed as threatened in 1998...Today we’re seeing the results of record returns in recent years..."
Salmon decreases explained, by Dr. Richard Gierak 5/31/12. "In the California Division of Fish and Game 1930 report, Bulletin #34, it states that in 1916 there were 35,000 salmon counted and in 1922, after the dam was built, they counted 90,000 salmon returning to the Klamath. This could be explained in that the reservoir allowed sediments to settle out, supplying cleaner water for spawning salmon."
Coho Hoax, by John Martinez, posted to KBC 4/14/12. Original article 2003. "
Ocean anglers get long salmon season; In Brookings, Gold Beach area it runs May 1 through Sept. 9, Mail Tribune 4/7/12. "The liberal seasons are possible because more than 1.6 million chinook are estimated to be headed toward Northern California's Klamath River, the highest number in more than 30 years."
National Marine Fisheries Service: ‘Chinook not endangered, Siskiyou Daily News, posted to KBC 4/7/12. "The agency says several studies have “found that spring-run and fall-run populations in the Salmon River were nearly indistinguishable genetically and that spring and fall-run populations in the South Fork Trinity were extremely similar to each other and to the Trinity River hatchery stocks.”
Obama's National Ocean's Policy:
Unilateral Action by the Obama
Administration; Imposes Ocean/Coastal
Zoning; Creates federally-dominated
Regional Planning Bodies with no
representation from the people being
regulated.) Sent by Siskiyou County
Supervisor Marcia Armstrong.
Bill introduced to ensure fisheries get
more funds, FIS 3/15/12. "US
Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) this week
joined Senators John Kerry (D-MA),
Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Jay Rockefeller
(D-WV) in introducing the Fisheries
Investment and Regulatory Relief Act (FIRRA).
companion bill is expected in the House
by Representatives Barney Frank (D-MA)
and Frank Guinta (R-NH)..." Zeke Grader,
executive director of Pacific Coast
Federation of Fishermen's Associations.
"This bill finally provides a dedicated
KBC NOTE: Zeke Grader was
instrumental in shutting down water to
farms in Central California to thousands
of farmers in the guise of saving a
little fish. PCFFA in Klamath Basin is a
voting member on the KBRA/Klamath Basin
Restoration Agreement to destroy the
Klamath hydroelectric dams, petitioned
against Klamath farmers getting an
affordable power rate, sued to have
water quality mandates imposed on
Klamath irrigators, and are presently
suing Klamath irrigators alleging the
farmers have no property right to their
water, even though that right is
specified on their property deed.
Plenty of Chinook and Coho This Year,
KBND, posted to KBC 3/11/12. "Fishery
managers project 1.6 million adult
Chinook in the Klamath River this fall,
four times more than last year and 15
times than in 2006."
Some salmon policy very interesting, but
stupid, Times-Standard, letter to
Charles L. Ciancio, Eureka,
posted to KBC 3/11/12
Plentiful Salmon Drive Pacific
Fishery Management Council Options
for 2012 Season,
Pacific Fishery Management Council
the Klamath River, biologists are
forecasting four times more salmon
than last year and an astounding 15
times more than in 2006. The ocean
salmon population is estimated to be
1.6 million adult Klamath River fall
Chinook, compared to last year's
forecast of 371,100.
This estimate is based largely on
the 85,840 two-year-old salmon
(jacks) that returned to the Klamath
in 2011. This is the highest number
of jacks to return since at least
1978, when record keeping began."
Rex Cozzalio responds to
newest program to impregnate Shasta River with fertilized coho eggs —
preposterous, it is, PienPolitics 2/10/12
Oregon Wild sues to
secure Rogue water for coho; group also suing BOR for failing to adopt BO on how
agency will protect wild coho,
Mail Tribune, posted to KBC 2/10/12.
Oregon Wild Sues Bureau of
posted 2/10/12. "...Talent Irrigation District ... relies heavily on water
from those reservoirs."
* Groups Petition FDA To Classify Genetically Engineered Salmon As Food Additive
For More Rigorous Review (Obama administration 'bailed out' GM salmon firm,
Campaigners say $500,000 grant was made to AquaBounty despite evidence that the firm could soon run out of cash, Guardian, UK, posted to KBC 11/14/11.)
* 2011 Fall Chinook Redd Survey In Lower Snake, Tributaries Produces Second
Highest Count On Record
Government Delay, Drought Prompts Renewed Push for Protection of Klamath River Chinook Salmon, Center for Biological Diversity 2/1/12, The Center for Biological Diversity, Oregon Wild, Environmental Protection Information Center and The Larch Company filed the notice of intent. CBD, Oregon Wild, and EPIC are all litigated or in coalition with Earth Justice, which is funded in part by billionaire George Soros. Soros
is blamed for the financial collapses of Thailand, Malaysia,
Indonesia, Japan, Russian and the Bank of England. He said he will take down the United States of
America next. Soros contributes greatly to Monsanto, who is involved in genetically modified salmon, convenient for when millions of tons of silt are released into Klamath River by dam and hatchery destruction. Andy Kerr is the Larch Company, and involved with dozens of other Soros-sponsored environmental groups including Earthjustice. "A professional conservationist for over three decades, he has been involved in the enactment of over 25 pieces of state and federal legislation, scores of lawsuits, dozens of endangered species listing petitions and countless administrative appeals of Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management timber sales and other decisions."
Genetically-engineered salmon caught in tangled regulatory net, Farm Press, posted to KBC 1/23/12.
Fishing Report Lower Klamath - "The mouth of the Klamath has been sanding in and opening two to three times per week according to Mike Coopman of Mike Coopman's Guide Service. "There's still fresh fish entering the river and I would expect more to show with the big tides. With the mouth opening and closing, we should see some good surges of fish this weekend. I was on the river last Saturday and the fishing was still good. We had 10 solid hookups, landing fish to 35-pounds," Coopman said." The Times-Standard 10/27/11
San Diego Superior Court Upholds California Fish and Game Commission Regulations Pertaining to Marine Protected Areas, Rejects Arguments of Coastside Fishing Club, Somach Simmons and Dunn 10/25/11
Klamath River fishing report, Redding Record Searchlight, posted to KBC 10/12/11. "KLAMATH RIVER, Iron Gate Dam — "The river in the upper Klamath is stuffed with salmon..." 10/10/11. KBC NOTE: According to the Klamath River Tribes, government agencies, and environmental groups, the dams and algae and farmers and miners made the salmon almost extinct so we need to demolish 4 hydropower dams and downsize agriculture and they already ended gold mining because of that lie.
Columbia Basin Bulletin 9/16/11: Sea Lion removal, record salmon runs on Snake, strong Chinook and Coho, etc
wild coho opens Sept. 15 on coast, Statesman Journal, posted
to KBC 9/15/11. (KBC Note: $Millions have been spent on
"endangered" coho habitat, land and water acquisitions, ...)
Klamath River, Understanding Fall Chinook Salmon Allocations, by Ronnie M. Pierce 1998.
Columbia Basin Bulletin 3/4/11. ESA-Listed Steller Sea Lions Munching Away On Non-Listed White Sturgeon, States Seek Delisting Of Steller Sea Lions, "In 2002 the total EDPS population was estimated to number from 46,000 to 58,000. Much of the turnaround resulted from the near elimination of predator control kills and commercial harvest. A 2007 study concludes that the “population is now probably as high as it has been in the past century...”
Supes seek salmon solution – in Yakima,
by Ric Costales, Siskiyou Daily News 3/2/11
Regulations Threaten Jobs and Access to Fishing,
Newswire, posted to KBC 3/2/11
Historical salmon fisheries in the Pacific
Northwest, by Dr. Gierak 2/16/11, VIDEO.
"...it is clear that with the
introduction of dams on the Klamath river,
commercial salmon production has increased
significantly based on the historical
Is Obama Swimming
Upstream With Campaign Against Salmon Bureaucracy?
Fox News, posted to KBC 2/5/11. "Joseph
Bogaard, of Save Our Wild Salmon, admits there is overlap and wasted funding.
Efforts to save salmon runs have cost the country $10 billion over the last 20
years. And yet, salmon runs still fluctuate wildly from year to year. 'We
are making decisions that are ineffective," Bogaard said "We're spending
billions of dollars on
that aren't working, we're not restoring our salmon, and as a result we don't
have healthy, fishable populations.' " "
Obama's long-range plan is still to spend nearly $10 billion on salmon
protection over the next decade." Save Our Wild Salmon is the group
advocating removing dams on the Snake and
Glen Spain (and
voting member in the KBRA)
Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Bulletin,
posted to KBC 2/6/11 (wild vs hatchery, steelhead, sea lions eating sturgeon,
water rights changes, ...)
Study predicts which salmon will
spawn, Genetics play role in deciding which fish will live to
reproduce, H&N 1/14/11
Columbia Basin Bulletin, including:
Alaska Salmon Harvest 11th Largest Since
Statehood; Best Value In 18 Years
BPA Proposes 8.5 Percent Wholesale Power Rate
Hike Beginning Oct.1 2011; Final Decision In
posted to KBC
Salmon facing new threat, "the
number of salmon in the North Pacific having
doubled in the past 50 years,
scientists are increasingly concerned there may
not be enough food to support them, and changing
ocean conditions could make it even worse," H&N,
Proposed marine reserve sites now posted
online, ODFW, posted to KBC 11/23/10
Appeals Court Rejects Lethal Removal Of
Salmon-Eating Sea Lions; Remands Issue Back
To NMFS, Columbia Basin Bulletin
Latest Forecast Predicts
Spring Chinook Return At 340,000 Fish; Second Best On
Record, Columbia Basin Bulletin 5/21/10
Suckers being moved from (Tulelake) refuge to
(Klamath) lake, H&N 5/13/10. "...We
think most, if not all, of these (fish) originated in
Upper Klamath Lake, so we’re just putting them back
where they came from...”
Columbia Basin Bulletin
2/26/10, "Sea Lions Snacking On Sturgeon, Last
Year's Huge Fall Chinook Jack Return Brings
Predictions Of Big Run This Year, Higher Return
Of Sacramento River Fall Chinook, Revise Critical
Habitat For Bull Trout, Northwest Tribes Receive $1.3
Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife
Bulletin, posted to KBC 1/10/10
* 'Early Bird' Basin Water Supply
Forecast For Spring, Summer Shows Below Average
* Mid-Columbia Coho Restoration Program Showing Fish Returns
* Refined Forecasts Show 2010 Could See Record Return Of Wild
Snake River Spring/Summer Chinook
* Increased Efforts To Reduce Bird Predation At Mid-Columbia
Dams Help Achieve Fish Survival Standards
Columbia Basin Bulletin, 12/11/09, including:
* Harvest Managers For 2010 Predict Largest Spring
Chinook Return On Record
* 2009 Fall Chinook Redd Counts In Snake River's Hells Canyon
Marks Another Record
Rebuilding the North Coast salmon run, Napa Valley
Register, posted 11/30/09. "Prosecute
illegal gill-netters and gill-netting techniques through the
enforcement of applicable federal and state laws. Currently,
Hoopa gill-netters are dropping nets that extend bank to bank,
which makes it virtually impossible for salmon to make it past
the nets. Also, I believe this tribe is fishing with gill nets
during the day and have continued to fish with gill nets after
their fish quota has been achieved. These practices are
illegal according to federal and state law and the Hoopa
Tribal Fishing Code."
Are gill nets decimating Klamath and Trinity salmon runs?,
Redding Record Searchlight 11/8/09. "Ferris,
now 57, says he catches as many as 700 salmon a year using
the Yurok and the Hoopa Valley tribes - report that they've
hauled in almost 28,000 fish, close to this year's
allotment, Huber and other guides said very few salmon are
making it past the tribal waters and into areas where they
can catch them...20,000
pounds of salmon - about 2,000 fish worth $60,000 - from the
Trinity caught by members of the Hoopa Valley Tribe ended up
for sale at the San Francisco fish market..."
"That is our river," Fletcher (Yurok) said. "Those are our
Columbia Basin Bulletin posted to KBC 11/1/09
Opinion: Coho in the Klamath River.
This report has been made by history research writer and
former and half-century resident of the Klamath River, Karuk
tribal member James
A. Waddell, in 2009
to Columbia in big numbers,
Capital Press 10/26/09. "About
700,000 coho were projected to return to the river system this
year -- at least 200,000 more than last year...They say ocean
conditions are mostly responsible."
Huge coho run will
help feed Oregon’s hungry, ODFG, posted to KBC 10/28/09
Fishermen contest plans for Calif. ocean reserves, Capital
Press, posted to KBC 10/28/09
Salmon most expensive endangered species, Oregonian,
posted to KBC 10/18/09.
"...the total spent on the 13 salmon and
steelhead species in the Columbia Basin since 1978 exceeds $12
NW Fishletter #267,
October 12, 2009
Analysis: Dam Breaching Made Simple
BiOp Plaintiffs File Same Old Complaints
Plaintiffs Want Docs From NOAA's 'Secret'
Juvenile Steelhead Survival Soars In
Huge Jack Count For Fall Run In The Snake
700 Sockeye Make It All The Way To
New Klamath Settlement Targets BuRec As
Likely Removal Entity
Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife
Bulletin, 10/16/09 including:
Snake River Wild
Steelhead Return Breaks Record; Fall Chinook Jacks Four Times
* Fall Fish Returns Strong, Catch Rates High; Sport Coho Catch
Second Highest On Record
panel adds new marine sanctuary zone, Sacramento Bee
8/7/09. "The new preserves cover 153 square miles of ocean
between Half Moon Bay and Mendocino. Starting Jan. 1, fishing
will be permanently banned or restricted in the zones...The
Department of Fish and Game estimates "adequate" law
enforcement in the statewide preserve network would cost $27
million in the first year and $17 million annually thereafter.
It has nowhere near that level of funding." A Comment:
"We are adding
sanctuary zones to protect fish, but we are releasing 40K
prisoners on the general population of California to prey on
Klamath’s fall run of chinook promising; Numbers slightly up
from recent years, Triplicate, posted to KBC 8/6/09.
"...a report...estimated the number of
2-year-old Klamath-spawned chinook in the ocean at about
500,000. “We are predicting 131,000 to 139,000 3-year-olds in
the Klamath,” "... this is a slightly higher run than normal.”
“We have a record level allocation for this season on the
Klamath. The in-river sport fishery has been allocated 30,800
fish and the tribes have been allocated 30,900.”
700,000 Coho Headed For Columbia, Strong Summer Steelhead, Fall
Chinook Run, CBB
July 24, 2009
Report: Make plans for ocean coho fishing trip,
Oregonian 6/25/09. "SALEM
- The 2009 season managers have set the largest ocean coho quota
Commission approves coastal coho, fall chinook seasons,
Sea Lions Avoid
Traps In Favor Of Dam's Concrete Pad; Stellers Taking More
Salmon, CBB May 8,
Fall-run Chinook lags; coho run will be huge, Statesman
Journal, posted to KBC 4/12/09
Again Recommends Closing Most Salmon Fishing Off California,
Southern Oregon Coast,
Ocean salmon seasons on brink of big changes, Oregonian,
posted to KBC 3/30/09. "Anglers
are looking forward to one of the best (predicted, anyway)
offshore salmon seasons in the memories of many; certainly the
best of this century...wait a minute...this millenium! At a
minimum, there appear to be enough coho salmon available to
fish through much, maybe most, of the summer."
Humane Society Arguments Open
Briefing In Appeals Court Sea Lion Removal Case,
Siskiyou Supervisors Trash Fishing and Cal Trout, by
Felice Pace, response by Marcia Armstrong, Siskiyou
County Supervisor 3/21/09
Appeals Court Upholds NOAA's
Hatchery vs. Wild ESA Salmon Listing Policies,
CBB, posted to KBC 3/21/09.
'Indicators' Help Develop Forecasts For Columbia River Salmon
Returns, CBB, posted to KBC 3/21/09. "The June 2008
trawls for chinook were 'the best that we've seen,' "
Conditions, Lack Of Biodiversity Likely Caused Sacramento
River Chinook Collapse, CBB posted to KBC 3/21/09 3/20/09
invites comment on options for 2009 ocean salmon seasons,
Ore. Dept of Fish and Wildlife 3/20/09. "In
meetings last week, the PFMC announced the strongest hatchery
coho abundance forecast since 2001, raising prospects of a
banner year for sport fishermen along the coast."
Fishery Management Council releases salmon abundance forecasts
for 2009 fishing season, posted to KBC 3/13/09
(States Begin Trapping Salmon-Eating Sea Lions, CB Bulletin
Oregon) coho fishing holds promise; Chinook fishing likely to
be nil, Umpqua Post 3/10/09
Judge Denies Stay Request To
Halt Lethal Sea Lion Removal Below Bonneville Dam,
CB Bulletin 1/30/09