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Salmon trollers, others sue federal agency over catch cutbacks, Newport News 6/8/95. Sign holders  l-r Rayburn Guerin, President Oregon Trollers Association, Cheri Moore and AD Evanow, vp OTA

PLF Files Lawsuit to Block Federal Regulation Slashing
Fishing Season by More than Half Despite Record
Numbers of Salmon, posted 6/5/05.

* The effect of ocean Conditions on salmon survival and returns  POWER POINT presented by Joseph C Greene, Research Biologist of Greene Environmental Services 6/11/06
Klamath Courier series: Klamath Irrigators and Coastal Fishermen:
      They did not restore the Klamath salmon in 20 years; And now they want more money to manage fish and farms, Klamath Courier 2/8/06
       "They misspent $20 million dollars", Coos County Commissioner weighs in on fisheries management and agriculture,  Klamath Courier, posted to KBC 2/6/06.
       Coastal Fishermen meet with Klamath Water Users What happened to Klamath River salmon?, Klamath Courier 1/25/06. "Coastal Fishermen told Klamath farmers that the government is breaking the law, destroying the fisheries, and blaming Klamath Project irrigators for results of the government's mismanagement."
Fishy definitions, 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 Julie.
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, "We 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."

McKinney fire kills scores of fish in Klamath River, LA Times 8/10/22. “...the dissolved oxygen in the river plummeted to zero...It looks like probably everything in the river died.   KBC NOTE: In 2002, during the Biscuit Fire, there was a fish kill on the Klamath River. At a science forum in 2004 in Klamath Falls, "Tamara Wood, USGS, studied water quality--the dissolved oxygen dynamics in UKL. She studied wind speed, temperature and oxygen. They found that in 2002 the oxygen into the lake was turned off by the weeks of heavy smoke from the forest fires." However, in 2002, the Tribes, environmental groups and government agencies have blamed Klamath farmers for the fish dieoff. That lie has been used to downsize agriculture, shut off our irrigation water, help convince FERC to allow hydroelectric dam destruction, put more than historical amounts of our stored water into Klamath River, force irrigators into making compromises of our water rights.



BOR News Release - Reclamation initiating Klamath River flushing flow to promote salmon health, 4/14/22. "Beginning April 15, flows below Iron Gate Dam will increase from approximately 1,325 cubic feet per second up to 4,500 cfs. Increased releases out of Upper Klamath Lake through the Link River Dam will occur simultaneously. The highest releases, of up to approximately 4,500 cfs, will be reduced to about 3,200 cfs on Saturday, April 16. A high peak of 4,200 cfs will occur on Sunday April 17. Flows will start ramping down the morning of Monday, April 18..."


Fishermen, Tribes brace for another abysmal salmon season, H&N 4/17/21. Glen Spain, the Northwest regional director for the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, has sued the Klamath Basin irrigators against our water quality, against us keeping our affordable power rate, and against us in the takings case saying we should not be compensated for the government taking our deeded water appurtenant to our land.
HERE is a letter...2005, from Spain to Oregon trollers and Oregon fishing industry leader blasting Klamath irrigators for fishery closures:
the leadership of the Klamath Water User's Association (KWUA) do not care about fish -- they care about making sure they have all the irrigation water they want, and the fish be damned..." This was written as the coastal fishermen and Klamath Basin irrigators were meeting regularly to find solutions. All the fish leaders we met had nothing but contempt for Glen Spain and said he did not represent them. Here is our Fishermen and Farmer page, including letters and articles.
Frankie Meyers, Vice Chairman of the Yurok Tribe, is quoted in this Herald and News article above. In this 10-minute video he explains why the Klamath Irrigators should give all their land to the tribes: https://www.facebook.com/frankie.myers.14/videos/4455720501123904


Saving salmon to feed orcas? Capital Press editorial 10/9/2020. "...Among the reasons they give for wanting the dams removed is to increase the number of native-run salmon — so orcas can eat them."


Klamath salmon not a distinct population, H&N by Jerry Jones, Chiloquin 9/9/2020. "Dam removal is not about salmon restoration. Any salmon species that existed in the Upper Klamath river basin have been extinct soon after the first Copco dam was built in 1920."


Salmon parasites not a problem caused by Project irrigators, by KWUA Deputy Director Mark Johnson, 10/7/2020.

CA Department Of Fish And Wildlife Commissioner Wants To Close Sportfishing Season Due To COVID-19 4/7/20.

After Klamath River flushes, C. shasta spores spike, surprising scientists, H&N online 5/14/19. "the number of spores actually spiked three or four weeks after the river flushing was completed earlier this spring." "The JC Boyle Dam in Klamath County, Ore., is one of four slated to be removed from the Klamath River under a Memorandum of Understanding between the Klamath County Commission and the Klamath River Renewal Corp."

Salmon-eating sea lions targeted at Columbia River dam, H&N 5/5/19.

< This March 2019 photo was taken a few miles from the mouth of the Klamath River by KBC News. From Google: "
Another estimate, based on California sea lions' metabolic needs, suggests that 100 animals feeding in that area consume at least 13,000 salmon each spring."


Congress OKs bill to allow killing sea lions to help salmon, H&N 12/12/18. "...sea lions...dramatically increased from about 30,000 in the 1960s to about 300,000 following enactment of the 1972 Marine Mammal Protection Act."


Environmental, fishing groups sue Oregon over coho salmon, Statesman Journal 6/13/18. "...Poor logging practices by the Oregon Department of Forestry is causing real harm to the Oregon coast coho and commercial fishing families who depend on these magnificent fish for their livelihoods," Glen Spain (PCFFA/IFR attorney) said, the northwest regional director for the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations and the Institute of Fisheries Resources, both plaintiffs in the case..."

"Rather than seek out yet another unrelated non-profit to funnel the money through, PCFFA created a new organization..." IFR / Institute for Fisheries Resources. KBC NOTE: That link directs you to PCFFA/IFR page detailing their many Earthjustice (partially funded by George Soros) lawsuits against Klamath Irrigators in the takings case, power rate case, shutting down suction dredge mining, Klamath River water quality TMDL's, essentially against timber harvest, farming, mining and river dams.


Republican lawmakers are upset with a federal judge's order to spill water that could be saved for other uses from four Snake River dams to help speed migrating salmon to the Pacific Ocean, US News 4/15/18. "The four dams, built in the 1960s and 1970s, provide hydropower, flood control, navigation, irrigation and recreation benefits, supporters say. But the giant dams are also blamed for killing wild salmon, an iconic species in the Northwest."

Species battle pits protected sea lions against fragile fish, H&N 3/23/18. " the mammals’ numbers dropped dramatically but have rebounded from 30,000 in the late 1960s to about 300,000 today due to the 1972 Marine Mammal Protection Act...Last winter, a record-low 512 wild winter steelhead completed the journey, said Shaun Clements, the state wildlife agency’s senior policy adviser. Less than 30 years ago, that number was more than 15,000...Of all the adults that are returning to the falls here, a quarter of them are getting eaten.”


Klamath water users to attend pivotal court hearing, Capital Press 4/6/18. "The Yurok Tribe, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, Institute for Fisheries Resources, Klamath Riverkeeper and the Hoopa Valley Tribe sought the injunction to protect juvenile coho after several years of deadly C. shasta outbreak.


Worst Klamath chinook run on record forecast, management option could close vast swath of fishery, Oregonian 3/15/17


Federal agencies work to create water shortages Commentary by Dennis Wyatt, CFBF Ag Alert, 3/8/17. "...As the Army Corps of Engineers was busy trying to juggle releases from Don Pedro not to have a repeat of the 1997 flooding south of Manteca, and 200,000 people were fleeing for their lives when it looked like Oroville Dam might be overwhelmed, the fine bureaucrats at the National Marine Fisheries Service were busy working on the next water shortage..."

Siskiyou County Water Users Association comments regarding Long Term Plan to Protect Adult Salmon in the Lower Klamath River 12/5/16

Klamath River Salmon Draft EIS comments by Werner Hoyt, PE 11/8/16

BOR draft EIS Klamath Salmon Hearing 110916, *** Comments Due EXTENDED TO 12/12/16  since their website was not working for a few days. https://cdxnodengn.epa.gov/cdx-enepa-II/public/action/eis/details?eisId=219169 OR http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=22021

Reclamation Announces Increased Numbers of Lost River and Shortnose Sucker Fish in the Klamath Project, BOR 12/17/15. "Bureau of Reclamation biologists found the largest number of juvenile Lost River and shortnose sucker fish since fish salvage operations began on the Klamath Project...the late 1990s"

NEWS RELEASE: Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Document to Supplement Flows in the Lower Klamath River with Trinity Reservoir Water
* COMMENTS DUE Aug 7, 2015

 Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Long-Term Plan To Protect Adult Salmon in the Lower Klamath River, Humboldt County, California.
*Klamath Falls meeting Aug 11
*COMMENTS DUE Aug 20  (KBC received this link that works on Aug 20th from the Bureau..the one in their press release did not work) http://www.usbr.gov/mp/kbao/docs/long-term_plan_protect_lower_klamath_04-2015.pdf


Oregon hatcheries releasing fish early due to drought, H&N, 6/27/15. (KBC Note: The controversial proposed KBRA would eliminate hatcheries from the Klamath River which produce millions of salmon. Klamath and Siskiyou Counties, home of the dams, oppose the KBRA agreements along with opponents within the regional tribes.


$700M spent on habitat restoration - Efforts focus on projects in the Columbia River Basin, H&N 6/21/15.  " ...I’m not going to say it’s a qualified success, because not every project has a qualified benefit,” said Chris Jordan, a NOAA research scientist who oversees the largest research and monitoring project under the plan...So even if you put a lot of money into restoring an aspect of habitat, you sometimes don’t see any fish response"


Ocean salmon look plentiful off the Southern Oregon coast this year, but next year's a different story, Medford Mail Tribune, 3/27/15. "Preseason estimates of chinook and fin-clipped coho salmon in the ocean are high enough that salmon anglers are on the cusp of seeing a summer saltwater salmon season nearly identical to 2014, when Brookings regained its spot as the top chinook port after a one-year hiatus...'The season, of course, depends upon how the ocean sets up," says Richard Heap, a Brookings angler who represents Oregon anglers in federal salmon-season discussions...' "


Fish die-off averted; Salmon run going strong. About 2,300 chinook have entered the Trinity River Hatchery, H&N, 11/5/14. "The Shasta River chinook salmon run is already the second largest since 2001...current estimate for the entire run exceeds all but three years since 1978."

Going for launch with the salmon cannon, H&N 9/25/14. "Salmon may soon have a faster way to make it around dams. There’s a new technology that’s helping to transport hatchery fish in Washington. It’s called the salmon cannon.."


Klamath salmon in danger; additional flows intended to prevent fish die-off, H&N, posted to KBC 9/21/14. "The Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) began releasing additional flows from Trinity Reservoir via the Lewiston Dam Tuesday....We must, however, take all reasonable measures to prevent a recurrence of the fish losses experienced in 2002"  KBC NOTE: Water was shut off to Klamath Basin family farms the summer of 2001. After irrigation was restored to irrigators in later, tribes, U.S. Dept of Fish and Game, and environmental groups focused on obliterating farming in the Klamath Basin, blamed Klamath Farmers for fish dying in 2002, 170 miles downstream. Fish Scientist David Vogel (see #'s 19, 22, 23 and 29) explained why sending high flows of warm water from Iron Gate dam was lethal for salmon in the already warm river. According to a Scientist conference in Klamath Falls in 2004, effects of the 2002, 500,000-acre Biscuit Fire smoke were never studied in relation to fish dying that fall. Neither were considered effects of drainoff from drug labs on the Klamath River.


Calif. drought has migrating salmon hitching truck rides, H&N 3/26/14. "California began hauling 30 million young Chinook salmon hundreds of miles toward the Pacific Ocean in tanker trucks to save the fishing industry after a record drought left rivers too low for migration... The hatchery fish that typically migrate through the Sacramento River Delta to the sea are key to the state’s $1.5 billion commercial and recreational fishing industry, according to the Nature Conservancy" KBC NOTE: In Klamath, the Dept of Interior wants the Klamath hydroelectric dams destroyed which provide water for 70,000 homes, water storage, and fish hatcheries. They refuse to haul the fish. Here for their KBRA / Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. The DOI fired the Bureau of Reclamation's top ethics scientist Dr. Houser because he was a whistleblower, stating that the science does not support dam and hatchery destruction

Hatchery Salmon - Progress seen in Hood River's spring chinook run; Starting to build a self-sustaining program, H&N, posted to KBC 11/23/13. "Beginning in the early 1990s, the tribes and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife started stocking the river with hatchery bred spring chinook, taken from Deschutes River stocks, to try to resurrect the wild run. Under the “supplementation” approach, when the hatchery fish return to the river, they’re allowed onto wild spawning grounds. When their offspring return, they’re counted as wild....We’re looking for a middle ground, where we can have both fish and farmers.”

Slow start to salmon spawn; Trinity runoff stabilized river, fish kill averted, H&N, posted to KBC 11/17/13. "The average Klamath River salmon run is 122,000...Scientists predict the 2013 run could be as large as 272,000...Winter storms this year filled the mouth of the Klamath River with silt and kept fish from entering the river, she said. The added sediment also created sandbars along the mouth, which allowed more sport fishing and increased ocean harvests. 'Around Labor Day weekend there were probably about 1,000 people fishing down there,' "

A new method against genetically modified salmon: Get retailers to refuse to sell it, Washington Post 10/18/13. KBC NOTE: Obama bailed this GM salmon company, made Monsanto attorney his FDA food czar, created Monsanto Protection Act, and his administration stated they want the Klamath Hydroelectric dams to be destroyed, which destroys the Klamath fish hatcheries producing millions of salmon, claiming to want only "wild salmon" in the rivers for health reasons....? HERE for Frankenfish table of contents.


Columbia and Klamath River Dam Facts, Senator Doug Whitsett 9/27/13. "...Advocates have long stated that the dams must come out in order to reestablish previous salmon numbers. Yet 2012 saw one of the largest, if not the largest Chinook salmon run ever recorded on the Klamath River. This year, salmon numbers are shaping up to surpass that record. The dams are still in the River and the water quality in the River has not changed. .."

"Our abundant and varied (Klamath) fisheries appear to contradict the need for massive aquatic restoration projects" by Senator Doug Whitsett 8/8/13.

Quality water: Waterways, anglers in Klamath among best in nation, H&N, posted to KBC 8/9/13.

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!"


Prospects 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.' "

Reuters/Ki Price

Genetically modified ‘frankenfish’ to appear in US stores, RT.com, posted to KBC 1/12/13.


Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO),  or  http://jisao.washington.edu/pdo/ 11/2012: Study of ocean conditions and climate as related to fisheries.


Record numbers of salmon are returning to the Klamath River, Mt. Shasta News, by James Finses, Copco Lake 10/19/12. "...California Fish and Game estimates 380,000 fish will return this year. An estimated 140,000 salmon go to the tribes. Guided fishing trips are scoring heavily. Bank fishermen are doing extremely well. Life on the Klamath River is the best it has ever been. But wait.The dams that were decimating all salmon runs are still here. The tribes haven't yet gotten 92,000 acres of prime forest land in the deal. The salmon hatchery is still here. Turning off water for farmers was wrong, too. The release of fish parts by the hatchery hurt nothing."


Klamath Tribes get share of record salmon run, H&N, posted to KBC 10/18/12.
Klamath and lots of chinook make national news, Pie N Politics, posted to KBC 10/10/12. MSNBC video says the projected salmon run this year is 380,000 Chinook. Pie N Politics Q&A's: "Question: If the salmon numbers are so high and the dams are still in the Klamath River, why do they need to be destroyed?"


Coho de-listing petition rejection, Siskiyou County Water Users Association coho de-listing petition rejection response, Ridgecrest Daily Independent by Leo Bergeron, President SCWUA, Montague, posted to KBC October 10. 2012


Klamath and lots of chinook make national news, Pie N Politics, posted to KBC 10/10/12. MSNBC video says the projected salmon run this year is 380,000 Chinook. Pie N Politics Q&A's: "Question: If the salmon numbers are so high and the dams are still in the Klamath River, why do they need to be destroyed?"


Fishing the North Coast: Kings continue to run up the Klamath, My Outdoor Buddy 9/20/12.


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 8/25/12. ”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 huge.”


A fisherman sues the feds for acting like crooks, Washington Examiner, posted to KBC 8/22/12. "The 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, 8/14/12.

(House Natural Resources Committee) Chairman Hastings Calls on Obama Admin. to Provide Transparent Answers to Outstanding Questions, Disclose Documents on National Ocean Policy Prior to Imposing Final Implementation Plan 8/15/12

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 Spain/PCFFA Page.

Humboldt: Plan for more water from Trinity dam to avoid massive Klamath fish kill, Times-Standard 7/18/12
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

Smashing 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 Restoration Agreement.


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..."

North Coast Marine Protected Areas Adopted in Final Coastal Ocean Region, CDFG 6/6/12. "The north coast regulations include a provision for federally recognized tribal members to continue harvesting and gathering fish, kelp and shellfish as they have for countless generations."


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). ...A 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 funding source...." 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. SEE PCFFA Page


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 editor by 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 3/8/12. "In 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 Reclamation, KDRV, 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


Fishing for 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


Costly Regulations Threaten Jobs and Access to Fishing, PR 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 numbers."


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 programs 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 Columbia...board member 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 July,
CBB, posted to KBC 11/26/10


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, 11/26/10


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 11/23/10

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 Million..."


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 'Beyond Expectation'
* 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 R
* 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 gill nets.... 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 fish..."


Columbia Basin Bulletin posted to KBC 11/1/09


My 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


Coho returning 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


No surprise: 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 billion."


NW Fishletter #267, October 12, 2009
Analysis: Dam Breaching Made Simple
BiOp Plaintiffs File Same Old Complaints
Plaintiffs Want Docs From NOAA's 'Secret' Science Panel
Juvenile Steelhead Survival Soars In Hydro System
Huge Jack Count For Fall Run In The Snake
700 Sockeye Make It All The Way To Redfish Lake
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 Previous Record
* Fall Fish Returns Strong, Catch Rates High; Sport Coho Catch Second Highest On Record


California 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 them."


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.”


Forecast: Record 700,000 Coho Headed For Columbia, Strong Summer Steelhead, Fall Chinook Run, CBB July 24, 2009


Recreation Report: Make plans for ocean coho fishing trip, East Oregonian 6/25/09. "SALEM - The 2009 season managers have set the largest ocean coho quota since 1992."

Commission approves coastal coho, fall chinook seasons, ODFW 6/5/09

Sea Lions Avoid Traps In Favor Of Dam's Concrete Pad; Stellers Taking More Salmon, CBB May 8, 2009


Fall-run Chinook lags; coho run will be huge, Statesman Journal, posted to KBC 4/12/09


PFMC Again Recommends Closing Most Salmon Fishing Off California, Southern Oregon Coast, CBB 4/10/09


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, CBB 3/27/09


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.


Ocean '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,' "

Ocean Conditions, Lack Of Biodiversity Likely Caused Sacramento River Chinook Collapse, CBB posted to KBC 3/21/09 3/20/09


Council 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."


Pacific 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 3/13/09

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


Proposed Salmon-Tagging Study Seeks Better Info On Lower River Sea Lion Predation, CBBulletin, posted 1/25/09. "The preliminary cost estimate for the pilot study is $225,000." (KBC note: Sea lions kill thousands of endangered salmon per year,  yet they are still studying whether to controll the predators)

Salmon Go Acoustic At Research Confab, NW Fish Letter, posted 1/9/09"...the benefits from modifying dam passage for fish was small potatoes compared to the huge vagaries they encounter in the ocean."

Radanovich Urges U.S. FWS, DOJ to issue Correction of Information of Delta Smelt BO, Congressman Radanovich 1/7/09.


Deadline for 2008 Salmon Disaster Relief Program is Dec. 31.

Near-Shore Survey Suggests 2008 Ocean Conditions For Fish One Of The Best On Record, posted 12/20/08 CBB.

Ocean conditions in Oregon among best for fish in 50 years, LA Times, posted to KBC 12/20/08, FOLLOWED BY ocean condition articles in OPB and the Oregonian.

New Study Details How Ocean Fish Farming Harms Wild Salmon, CBB 12/19/08

Healthy salmon runs on other rivers raise questions about the Sacramento, Redding Record Searchlight 12/15/08. "But while the Sacramento has continued to see declining returns this year, fall Chinook runs on the Klamath and Columbia rivers - the next two major river systems north - appear to be healthy." (KBC NOTE: according to the Karuk, Yurok and Hoopa Tribes, Klamath River dams must come out because they are making salmon extinct. Science has been replaced with politics.)

Humane Society Files Notice To Appeal To Ninth Circuit On Sea Lion Removal, CB Bulletin, posted 12/15/08.


Biologists use X-ray machines to study endangered Klamath fish, KDRV, posted to KBC 12/10/08


Is salmon survival research emotionally or scientifically motivated, KMVT, posted to KBC 12/6/08


Salmon advocates seek more water over dams, Legal motion deals with Columbia and Snake rivers, H&N, posted to KBC 12/1/08


Judge: No reprieve for sea lions, H&N, posted 12/1/08


Salmon funds released, H&N, posted to KBC 12/1/08


A promising share-the-catch plan for California fisheries, SF Chronicle 11/12/08


Fish returning to hatcheries; Chinook salmon numbers are average at Iron Gate Hatchery, H&N, posted to KBC 10/28/08


Studies find changes in (Klamath)area sucker populations, followed by: Plan sets course for fish, by  H&N 10/22/08. (KBC note includes quotes by fisheries scientist Dave Vogel regarding the 10's of thousands of fish in Klamath Lake, and Dr William Lewis Jr., University of Colorado, from the National Academy of Science, explaining the water quality was historically bad in Klamath Lake and downsizing agriculture and making more swamps will not help the suckers or effect the water quality.)

Coho Returns Boosted From 68,600 To 200,000, Many Fish Larger Than Usual, CB Bulletin 10/17/08


Upriver Coho Surge Allows More Tribal Commercial Fishing Days Above Bonneville, CBBulletin 10/17/08. "...tribal fishers will again spread their nets next week in Columbia River reservoirs above Bonneville Dam...Fish continue to be available for sale to the public "over the bank" at numerous locations upstream of Bonneville...Tribal coho harvest through this week totals an estimated 18,620 to date...The treaty harvest is projected to total 42,572 "upriver brights"...The fall fisheries will have netted a total of 107,546 chinook in total this year, according to tribal estimates. The total steelhead catch is expected to be 24,645."


Yurok Tribe netting salmon - To KBC from Sherrie: "Recently my husband and I were at the coast visiting. We decided to go check out the Klamath River where is meets the ocean. We were shocked when we arrived. Hundreds of people from the Yurok tribe fishing with nets. The nets spanned pretty much across the whole width of the river as far as I could see up the river. How are the Salmon supposed to get passed the Yurok tribe to get to Klamath in the first place?" Sherrie. HERE for photos


Fishermen back-bounce for salmon from drift boats Sunday in the Klamath River near Hornbrook, Siskiyou Daily News, posted 10/8/08


What do they have against us (fishermen)? Times-Standard, posted to KBC 9/30/08


Fish die-off a common occurrence on Klamath, Siskiyou Daily News 9/29/08


Klamath River fishing is fit for a king, Press Banner, posted to KBC 9/26/08. "Inside the river’s lagoon, the Yurok Tribe sets gill nets to capture salmon for the commercial market and subsistence use. If salmon make their way through the maze of gill nets, they begin the journey upriver...the majority of adult salmon being caught in the nets brought on low scores."


April - August 2007 Klamath Juvenile Salmonid Health Monitoring Report, Fish and Wildlife, posted to KBC 9/26/08


Indian nets hamper Salmon, Pioneer Press, posted September 25, 2008. "...Indian nets near the mouth of the Klamath River and upstream were still hampering the ability of larger adult salmon to travel upstream..."


Feds release millions in salmon disaster aid for West Coast fishermen, Oregonian, posted to KBC 9/19/08. "A task force of scientists is assessing the cause of the collapse, but most experts think the key factor was unusually warm ocean conditions that knocked the bottom out of the marine food chain when young salmon first went to sea. That left them little to eat."


Conditions improve ocean salmon rebound, The Daily Triplicate, posted to KBC 9/17/08. "Recent research in Oregon suggests the cycle of warm ocean conditions that contributed to poor salmon survival off the West Coast the last few years has ended, setting the stage for a rebound of Sacramento River fall Chinook....After three weeks of good jack numbers but scarce adult salmon, fall Chinook fishing has picked up in the lower Klamath. Many guides limited out by mid-morning the past several days..."


Administration: Salmon disaster money on its way, Capital Press 9/17/08


This Year's Colder Ocean Conditions Off NW Coast Good News For Salmon Growth, September 12, 2008 Columbia Basin Bulletin. "Trawl surveys conducted in June off the coasts of Oregon and Washington netted the highest number of juvenile spring chinook salmon in those 11 years – 2 ½ time more than the next highest total." (KBC NOTE: 2008 had good ocean conditions, record salmon runs, yet THIS YEAR the feds shut down ocean commercial fisheries blaming a low run on the Sacramento. 2 years ago they blamed a weak Klamath run, yet this year Klamath has a bumper crop. The moral of the story - Klamath farmers didn't make the fish go extinct, neither did the Central Valley farmers, nor did the Klamath dams. Ocean conditions effect the salmon. In '07, the Columbia had a weak run and Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen blamed the dams. Decimating the ocean commercial fishermen with 'weak stock management' allows the feds to base ocean fishing on any river that happens to have a low run, regardless of the other bumper runs like this year. In 2007, when ocean fishing was curtailed because of low Klamath runs, only 5% of the fish that summer were Klamath stock, meaning that destroying the fishermen's economies was not justified. The enviros, like Glen Spain with PCFFA, have been determined to pit farmers against fishermen with letters like he sent the Oregon trollers).


Ocean Protection Council hears from fishermen, posted to KBC Sept 12, 2008, Half Moon Bay Review, "First, we have to get the dams down," says PCFFA Zeke Grader. (KBC NOTE: Yet 2 or 3 yrs ago, Sacramento had a record run of salmon, like the Klamath and Columbia this year.)


PFMC Hears Progress Report On Analysis Of West Coast Salmon Stock Decline, CB Bulletin 9/12/08. "The anticipated return was so small that the PFMC in April set the most restrictive salmon fisheries in the history of the West Coast. They cited the Sacramento collapse and Sacramento River fall chinook and the exceptionally poor status of coho salmon from Oregon and Washington and adopted a complete closure of commercial and sport chinook fisheries off California and most of Oregon..."Studies, studies, studies, $, $, $, bumper fish in Columbia and Klamath, yet, "We're still very aware that ocean conditions were very poor in 2005, and little better in 2006,"


Analysis says more salmon coming into Klamath River, Eureka Reporter, posted to KBC 9/8/08


Judge's 'Tentative Thoughts' Lean Toward Approving Lethal Removal Of Sea Lions Followed by: More Fish, More Sea Lions Lead To Record Sea Lion 'Catch' In 2008. Columbia Basin Bulletin, posted to KBC 9/11/08

Fall Chinook Catch Rates Highest Since the 1980s; Record 14, 913 Fish Pass Dam In One Day, August 28, 2008 Columbia Basin Bulletin


Primetime nears for Klamath River salmon, The Daily Triplicate, posted to KBC 8/22/08. "As expected, this year's fall Chinook season on the lower Klamath River is shaping up to be a good one."


Where have all the fish gone? Fishing line, Sacramento Bee 8/21/08. "Trinity/Klamath rivers KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen--According to Rivers West Outfitters, there are so many Indian gill nets killing salmon and blocking the river that a boat can't negotiate down to the mouth. There weren't so many on Sunday near the shop, good news, but the Indians had only moved them farther upriver, bad news. Even so, excellent halfpounder steelhead action on the smaller fish that wiggle through the nets, and also big numbers of jack salmon with the occasional escapee adult."
The Great Lie, Pioneer Press, letter by Rick Crocker, Happy Camp. "I have been to the mouth of the Klamath and have seen many dead salmon, white and rotten, floating in some of the nets. There are hundreds of nets and then travel up river to the so-called reservoir and they have 100 yard long nets, of all size mesh, nets four inches, six inches, eight inches, who really knows. they monitor themselves on how many fish they count. A few Yuroks have told me and bragged about the fact that if they are allowed 40,000 salmon, they will take 60,000 or 80,000, however many they want..."


State closes ocean sport salmon season, Coos Bay World Link, posted 8/14/08


Fishing in a crowd can be fun, Times-Standard, posted 8/11/08. "The Klamath River is predicted to be full of salmon this fall." (KBC NOTE: wait, the Klamath River Tribes and environmentalists said the dams are causing the salmon to go "extinct", the dams are "genocide" for the tribes, thus the dams must be destroyed.)


Salmon catch eased on two rivers (Klamath and Trinity), SacBee, posted 7/28/08. "The action is possible because fish runs on those rivers are strong this year."

Klamath allocation of chinook looks good, Triplicate 7/11/08. "Larry Hanson, a senior biologist with California Department of Fish and Game, speaking from his office in Redding. 'This is the second-largest (fishing) allocation on the Klamath in the last 30 years....The commission has approved a catch allotment of 22,500 fall chinook salmon, and 11,250 of those would go to sport anglers in the Klamath below Weitchipec. The Klamath above Weitchipec is allowed about 3,800 salmon, and the upper and lower segments of the Trinity River will each get about 3,700 fish. The tribal allocation will be 27,000 salmon.' " KBC NOTE: Huh? According to 26 groups supporting downsizing ag and dam removal, including tribal leaders, enviros, and gov't agencies, the dams and algae and farmers and commercial fishermen have killed most all the fish on the Klamath, driving them to extinction. What's this "2nd largest fishing allocation" all about?????


Oregon approves $1 million allocation to help fishermen, Daily Astorian, posted 6/30/08


Governors of California, Oregon and Washington Urge President Bush to Provide Critical Funding to Fishing Families and Businesses, posted 6/27/08, Letter by Governors to President Bush.


Feedback: BiOp Challenge And Best Available Science, CB Bulletin 6/27/08. "So the radical environmental groups are suing once again to prevent the Federal dam operators from using the best available science to protect the Columbia River salmon. Between them and Judge Redden, they are the second most deadly force to the salmon in the region. Only the predacious birds, fish, seals, and sea lions kill more juvenile salmon each year."


Tribes Start Commercial Chinook, Steelhead Fishery And Direct Sales To Public, Columbia Basin Bulletin 6/20/08. "Sales are cash only."


Salmon Fishing Opens On Upper Salmon River First Time In 30 Years, CB Bulletin 6/20/08


Klamath allocation of chinook looks good, Triplicate 7/11/08. "Larry Hanson, a senior biologist with California Department of Fish and Game, speaking from his office in Redding. 'This is the second-largest (fishing) allocation on the Klamath in the last 30 years....The commission has approved a catch allotment of 22,500 fall chinook salmon, and 11,250 of those would go to sport anglers in the Klamath below Weitchipec. The Klamath above Weitchipec is allowed about 3,800 salmon, and the upper and lower segments of the Trinity River will each get about 3,700 fish. The tribal allocation will be 27,000 salmon.' " KBC NOTE: Huh? According to 26 groups supporting downsizing ag and dam removal, including tribal leaders, enviros, and gov't agencies, the dams and algae and farmers and commercial fishermen have killed most all the fish on the Klamath, driving them to extinction. What's this "2nd largest fishing allocation" all about?????


Lawmakers from Western states protest proposed $70 million cut, H&N, 6/12/08.(Farm Bill $ for fishermen)

NOAA plans to implement annual catch limits to stem overfishing, Eureka Reporter, posted to KBC 6/9/08


County decides to postpone ramp repair, May 31, 2008 by Nicholas Grube, Daily Triplicate: "They are actually looking forward to this season to get out of debt," Crandall said of some Klamath area business owners. "They've been handed a tremendous opportunity that nobody else in California has—fish, they got fish."


ODFW to blame for salmon decline, Myrtle Point , posted to KBC 5/31/08, Coos Bay World. "Now they are ... starting at 1 million in 1996 trickling down to 640,00 this past year. You could have at least 1 million smolt every year. Now ODFW wants 200,000 of these smolts ventral fin clipped. This is proven to equate a 20-percent morality rate. These people do not seem to care how many of the fish are killed."


New BiOp Based On Best Science And Better Collaboration, Say Feds, NW Fishletter, posted to KBC 5/30/08

Low West Coast salmon returns; why the variations, CB Bulletin, posted to KBC 5/20/08. "In 2005 a southward shift in the jet stream, delayed favorable winds and upwelling for the California Current, which normally begins in spring. The winds instead arrived in mid-July, causing high surface water temperatures and very low nutrient production within the nearshore marine ecosystem."

Salmon Population Declines In California, West Coast, Science Daily, posted to KBC 5/20/08. "Both hatchery and naturally produced fish have been negatively affected, and returns of coastal stocks in Oregon, in the Columbia River, and in British Columbia were all low in 2007. The decline seems to be a coastwide phenomenon, probably related to ocean conditions."

Salmon closure hits Winchester Bay hard, Oregonian, posted to KBC 5/13/08


Out-of-court agreement reached in sea lion case, posted 5/7/08. "The Humane Society of the United States has reached agreement with state and federal governments that blocks killing or permanent removal of sea lions in the Columbia River until early 2009."

Pinniped numbers below Bonneville hit new record; reported sightings above dam, CB Bulletin, posted 5/7/08. "From Jan. 11 through April 20 researchers have seen sea lions consume 1,791 chinook and 258 steelhead, with the peaks of the upriver run likely yet to arrive. Another 541 unidentified fish have been taken below the dam."

Oregon, Washington get nod to kill sea lions at Bonneville Dam, Oregonian, posted to KBC 3/20/08. "Federal fisheries managers are giving the go-ahead today for Oregon and Washington officials to trap and, if necessary, kill sea lions that wolf down thousands of salmon at Bonneville Dam every year."


Feds' fish aid plans pending; Headlight-Herald Staff 5/6/08. "If the $500,000 in aid to be distributed by Gov. Ted Kulongoski's office didn't sound like much to Oregon salmon fishers who have been left without a season, the figure $45 million may be more appealing."


Commerce Secretary Declares West Coast Fishery Failure; Opens Door for Disaster Relief. May 02, 2008, Columbia Basin FWS Bulletin


Salmon closure worst in history, H&N 5/2/08. "Spain, who helped negotiate the proposed Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, said the West Coast closure is not related to ongoing fisheries problems in the Klamath River Basin." (KBC NOTE: This article quotes Glen Spain, PCFFA spokesman and Eugene attorney. Spain has initiated numerous lawsuits against Klamath irrigators...)


Council OKs salmon fishing on Klamath; DFG vote next, The Record-Stockton, 4/30/08. "But Chinook salmon fishing on the Klamath River will be open as usual, with a larger than normal quota (22,500 fish) allocated for the 2008 season. The Klamath Tribal allocation is 27,000 fish." (KBC NOTE: Fishing in the Pacific Ocean is shut down this season decimating the fishing industry and economies, Tribes want the Klamath dams out because they say it is causing the fish to go extinct, and the fish run on the Klamath is exceptional...?)
Foes of dams to confront Buffet again, Times-Standard posted 4/30/08
Salmon ban takes toll in Fort Bragg, Modesto Bee, posted 4/30/08


Looters Limit Out on BPA Salmon Dollars, James Buchal, posted to KBC 4/30/08

ODFW to Study Reintroduction of Salmon into Upper Klamath Basin, Columbia Basin Bulletin 4/18/08


Judge: harm to salmon justifies Columbia River sea lion removal, 4/18/07, Columbia Basin Bulletin.


Schwarzenegger commended for quick response to fisheries closure, Eureka Reporter, posted to KBC 4/13/08. (KBC Question for anyone who knows: Is any money going to the PEOPLE and communities being devastated by the closure, or is it only going to "restoration projects?")


ODFW announces limited ocean coho salmon season, ODFW, posted to KBC 4/13/08


Toxins found in Klamath fish, Study commissioned by (Karuk) tribe on river finds risk to public health, H&N, posted to KBC 4/13/08. Craig Tucker, Karuk spokesman, was previously activist with 'Friends of the River', an international dam removal group, and presently 'Riverkeeper.' Karuks along with Bobby Kennedy, President of Waterkeepers, filed a lawsuit against PacifiCorp to get the dams removed because of algae. A quote from Tucker 7/4/07: "It would be worth better understanding what they could to address the algae problem. But note that our push for dam removal comes with or without the algae as the dams remain a barrier to the recovery of salmon even if the human health threat of the toxic algae blooms were addressed." S. Craig Tucker, Ph.D., Klamath Campaign Coordinator, Karuk Tribe of California

Chinook season closed, The World Link, posted 4/13/08

KBC NOTE: Sea lions each kill several salmon per day. Sea lions have an unlimited salmon season.

Sea lion removals postponed to await looming court decisions, CBB, posted 4/13/08. "Last year an estimated 80 California sea lions made the 145-mile quest to the dam. Observers documented a sea lion "take" of 4.2 percent of the salmonid run in the waters immediately below the dam. Those fish include five salmon and steelhead stocks that are listed under the Endangered Species Act."
Followed by, Hazing not reducing sea lions' salmon catch."California sea lions were the primary predator of adult salmonids in the Bonneville Dam tailrace, accounting for 99.0 percent of the 8,946 observed adult salmonid catches over the recent three-year period, and 99.8 percent of the 4,957 observed chinook salmon catches...White sturgeon was the most commonly observed prey item for Steller sea lions, which made 97.8 percent of the 626 observed sturgeon catches since 2002."

Salmon fishing closure prompts Schwarzenegger to declare emergency, Sacramento Bee, posted 4/13/08

Alaska Cuts Chinook Quota Nearly 50 Percent, NW Fishletter #245, posted April 13, 2008. " it is widely recognized that unfavorable ocean conditions in 2005 and 2006 likely were a significant cause of the poor survival of chinook in the early part of their four- to five-year life-cycle, Some of these ocean conditions have moderated substantially and appear to be returning to a status more favorable to salmon populations."

Dr. Moyle, cited in Dan Bacher's article, "Peter Moyle's Commentary on Central Valley Chinook Salmon Decline" would like us all to believe that ocean conditions play a small role in today's salmon decline, note and links by Joseph Greene, EPA retired scientist, posted 4/13/08
Peter Moyle's Commentary on Central Valley Chinook Salmon Decline, Indy Bay, posted to KBC 4/13/08
2008 salmon forecast predicts 18th largest harvest since 1960, Alaska Journal of Commerce, posted 4/13/08."The total harvest is expected to include 672,000 Chinook salmon, 47.1 million sockeye salmon, 4.4 million coho salmon, 66 million pink salmon and 18.7 million chum."
Climate, Uncertainty and the Pacific Salmon Treaty: Insights on the Harvest Management Game, Miller et al, posted 4/13/08


Kruse: Salmon Run failures in 1997-1998, A link to Anamalous Ocean Conditions, posted to KBC 4/13/08


Agreements propose $980.5 million for projects; support for feds' salmon strategy, CBB, posted 4/13/08


Ocean conditions: do Columbia and Alaska chinook go to the same place? posted April 13, 2008, Columbia Basin Bulletin. "Blame for declining runs of Pacific Northwest salmon has been cast broadly: habitat loss from logging and development, an abundance of predatory sea lions, power-generating dams, terns and other coastal birds that prey on juvenile fish, and over-fishing by commercial and sport fishermen. But no factor is more critical to salmon prosperity than ocean conditions, experts say..."


Researchers hope to continue "River of Origin" salmon study, CBB, posted 4/13/08

Off the hook: Salmon fishing ban OK’d, Central Valley Business Times 4/10/08

Salmon fleets seek political help, The World, Coos Bay 4/10/08

Don’t take away my fishing hole, H&N 4/1/08. "If algae in the Klamath River is a problem caused by the PacifiCorp dam system, then please explain the source of the algae blooms in Lake of the Woods, Fish Lake, Hyatt Lake, and all the other fishing sources in the area."

$48 million requested for Basin, Rep. Greg Walden asks for money to research salmon disease in the Klamath River, projects at OIT, H&N 4/1/07

Klamath could be bright spot in a dark salmon fishing year, Times-Standard, 3/30/08.


The formula for allotting salmon, The Daily Triplicate 3/29/08


Oregon, Washington get nod to kill sea lions at Bonneville Dam, Oregonian, posted to KBC 3/20/08


Proposal calls for no Chinook season in OR/CAL, Coos Bay World Link, posted 3/16/08, followed by: Options set for salmon season

Low California salmon runs prompt coastal fishing closures, CB Bulletin, posted to KBC 3/16/08

Critical salmon situation calls for creativity, The World Link 3/16/08

What's happening in the ocean affects salmon the most, Modesto Bee, posted to KBC 3/11/08


NOAA research linking sea temperature swings to salmon return numbers, posted to KBC 3/9/08


Avoiding a salmon calamity, Contra Costa Times, 3/9/08. "So far, most of the blame for the salmon's collapse has been placed on ocean conditions. Specifically, the Pacific Ocean in 2002 entered a warm phase that delays the onset of current "upwelling" off the West Coast and starves the marine ecosystem of nutrients and food." (KBC NOTE: In 2002 there was a fish die-off of a bumper crop of Trinity River fish blamed entirely on Klamath Project irrigators hundreds of miles away. That spin is partly what "science" the tribes and enviros and PCFFA are using to rip out four Klamath hydro dams and confiscate thousands of acres of farmland in the 'Klamath Settlement'.)


Salmon fishermen: Outlook seems grim, but let's talk, The World News 3/5/08


Ocean blamed for salmon decline, The World News, posted 3/5/08

What is behind the salmon decline?, San Francisco Chronicle, posted 3/1/08

Managers float warning of "disaster" for 2008 Pacific salmon season, Eureka Reporter, posted 3/1/08


Records: No precedent to coastal dead zones, Area first showed in 2002 and has returned every year, H&N, posted to KBC 2/17/08.


Cold Ocean Means More Salmon, NW Fishletter 2/8/08. "But these days the Klamath seems to be doing just fine. About 50,000 wild fall chinook returned to spawn there last fall, twice the number from the previous year, and better than any of the three years before that."


Klamath deal could mean bigger sports fishing limits, Eureka Reporter, posted to KBC 2/7/08


Coho are once again listed as threatened, Oregonian 2/5/08


Briefs filed in appeals court on wild vs hatchery listing policies, cbbulletin 1/25/08


Klamath River salmon run hits another boom with more than 17,000 kings, Record, posted 1/23/08


In the midwest, there are tribal hatchery programs. In California/Oregon, tribes, fishermen, environmentalists and Klamath Water Users support removing hydro dams and eliminating hatchery fisheries:


Klamath Fish Disease Funding Meeting 1/15/07 Medford


Groups seek review of coho ruling; Lawsuit asks for endangered species designation decision, Capital Press, posted to KBC 1/12/08


Klamath salmon returns exceed goal, Oregonian, posted to KBC 1/12/08


1855: scarcity of fish in the undammed Klamath, by James Foley 1/3/08


12/29/07: Klamath Common Ground Mission: This group was originally begun with farmers and fishermen. Presently it consists of farmers, fishermen and tribes. One of the goals: "Advocate for a Long Lake conservation water storage project. The water to be dedicated to supply cold, clean water for down-stream main stem Klamath flows." (KBC NOTE: for the past several years, farmers have been advocating Long Lake storage to give them certainty in irrigation water. What's this?)
KCGA description 12/29/07
Klamath Fish Disease Funding Meeting 1/15/08
Improving Ecosystem Health to Reduce Disease in Klamath River Salmon, posted to KBC 12/29/07
Nichols K and K True. 2007. FY 2006 Investigational Report: Monitoring incidence and severity of Ceratomyxa shasta and Parvicapsula minibicornis infections in juvenile Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) and coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) in the Klamath River, 2006. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service California-Nevada Fish Health Center, Anderson, CA.


PRESS RELEASE: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Releases Final Report on Federal Fish Hatcheries in the Columbia Gorge, 11/19/07, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Salmon: slow start, strong finish, Pioneer Press, posted to KBC 11/15/07


Trollers want disaster declared, The World Link, Coos Bay Oregon November 10, 2007

At peak of salmon spawning season, numbers of fish dwindling, Mercury News 11/5/07 (KBC NOTE: when fish decline in California it's blamed on the weather. When fish occasionally decline on the Klamath, it's blamed on farmers, miners, dams, and fishermen, and never ocean conditions or weather.)

Mismanagement and Lack of Oversight Threatening Future Salmon Fisheries, by fisherman Mike Aughney, posted to KBC 11/6/07. "There is one group that is getting far more than their allotted share and this is dooming other user groups to possible future closures. Yurok tribal gill-netters on the lower Klamath have likely far exceeded their annual quota... there is literally zero oversight from state or federal fishery management agencies..."

Task Force recommends lethal removal of California sea lions, CB Bulletin, posted to KBC 11/4/07

Preliminary 2007 coho hatchery escapements and dam counts, 11/1/07.


NOAA Fisheries Service Announces Actions to Mitigate Effects of Hydropower System, Recover Salmon Stocks; product of two-year collaboration with states and tribes, 10/31/07

Fishermen to meet with governor, ocean use debate, by Susan Chambers, The World Link, posted to KBC 10/28/07. "Verger said at a packed Aug. 22 OPAC meeting in Charleston that Coastal Caucus constituents have made it clear they’re unhappy with the marine reserves process and that OPAC and the governor’s office must work to gain back the trust of the public."..."Kulongoski forged ahead with his plans for protecting Oregon’s ocean in British Columbia on Tuesday."


"Klamath — Upper end below Iron Gate is plugged with king salmon, 8 to 20 pounds, the standard size for this river..." Record Net 10/24/07


"The (following) worksheets contain the latest Chinook salmon run update for the Bogus Creek and Shasta River Fish Counting Facilities.  The run estimate for this year is preliminary at this time.  On October 19th we experienced abnormally high flows for this day.   As a result the run size estimates for October 19 are incomplete because of turbid water and periodic power shortages..." Mark Hampton, CDFG Yreka, biologist Klamath River Project.
Cal. Dept Fish and Game adult Chinook video count Shasta River, Sept-Oct 2007.
CDFG adult Chinook video count Bogus Creek, Sept-Oct 2007


Shasta River Fish Counting, by California Fish and Game, 10/18/07
Bogus Creek fish count 10/18/07
Shasta River fish count summary, 10/18/07


10/18/07: We received this message from a coastal commercial fisherman: "Now is the time! It's estimated that more than 400,000 king salmon have invaded the Klamath-Trinity River system since heavy rains blew open the mouth of the river last week. Indian gill netters already have filled their quota of 21,000 fish, so there are no impediments to the spawning run. Driftboats are claiming limits of salmon, 8 to 14 pounds, with top fish going to 20 pounds. Fresh roe is the ticket. Good stretch is from Iron Gate Dam down to Interstate 5. Wild trout and steelhead to 16 inches are in the mix, as well. Stockton guide Dave Mierkey will be fishing daily through the end of October. Information:(209)475-0403 (Stockton); (530)842-2229 (Yreka)." (KBC Note: does this mean we can keep the dams in and let the farmers have irrigation water? Klamath Lake is at a 10-yr low.)


A salmon run for the ages, Record Net 10/17/07. "This year's spawning salmon run is one for the ages. Forecasters believe at least 400,000 adult kings - 8 to 20 pounds - will return to the Klamath....The great salmon run harkens to years ago when the Klamath River was a prime destination in the West for sport fishers. This year's steelhead migration will follow the spawning kings to snap up errant eggs, and likely place the Klamath back at the top of the state's anadromous streams. (KBC Note: evidently the glowing green algae is luring the salmon this season)


Panel studies options for lethal take of California sea lions 10/13/07 CB Bulletin


Fisheries must take new look at coho, Oregonian, posted to KBC 10/13/07


Secret lives of fish, Eureka Reporter, posted to KBC 10/1/07"A federal fisheries biologist has recently wrapped up a study hunting juvenile salmon fitted with sophisticated electronic tracking devices that promises to significantly boost scientists’ knowledge of an important, federally protected fish."


Groups take hatchery/wild listing issue to appeals court, 9/28/07 CB Bulletin.


Water tour brings stakeholders together; Klamath River Basin issues span cultures, states, livelihoods, Capital Press 9/28/07


Salmon Farming Controversy Goes to Ninth Circuit, Environment News, posted 9/18/07


Opposing Marine Reserves, Port of Garibaldi Resolution 2007-4, posted 9/16/07
RERUN: Oregon governor increases pressure to harm the coast, letter from Coos County Commissioner John Griffith,


The Endangered Species Act Out of Control, by John R. Lott Jr. and Sonya D. Jones September 04, 2007. "...does it really matter if a fish’s ancestors are from a hatchery or are naturally spawned? As it is, many so-called "wild" or naturally spawned salmon were all but gone and brought back through the use of hatcheries. Given that hatcheries have been around for over a hundred years, it's likely that all naturally spawned salmon have at least some hatchery-spawned ancestors."


Battle over hatchery listing policy goes to 9th Circuit Court, CB Bulletin 9/14/07


Iron Gate fish hatchery, Mail Tribune, posted 9/4/07


Rerun, lest we forget: Nature, Not Man, is Responsible for West Coast Salmon Decline, John Carlisle study, posted to KBC 2/2/06, A Publication of the National Center for Public Policy Research. "The immense influence of the oceanic cycle on salmon should give politicians and bureaucrats considerable pause before implementing costly policies that penalize people. Even if this natural cycle was not the culprit, the failure of past attempts to maintain or increase salmon populations suggest that a regulatory approach is not advisable."

Coalition appeals discounting of hatchery fish, 8/24/07