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2004 Klamath Fish Parasites

collection of articles and facts

BACKGROUND of parasite issue

Foreseeing the impending catastrophe and blame, Klamath Water Users sent warnings to Fish and Game, CDFG, cautioning not to release millions of hatchery fish when a parasite was in the water. Low and behold, they released the tiny fish before a scheduled decrease in water diverted to the river, and of course blame the Klamath Irrigators. 
Water Users were extremely concerned that the release of millions of hatchery fish when flows were cut back would be dangerous, especially since a parasite was present. 6/4/04.  Go HERE for KWUA original letter of concerns. California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) responds to Klamath Water Users (KWUA) regarding hatchery operations at Iron Gate Dam, posted to KBC 5/31/04. KWUA correspondence with CDFG: Follow-up letter from Klamath Water Users (KWUA) to California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG).


FOR THE SCIENTISTS: FWS 2006 Klamath River Pathogen Monitoring report, 6/13/06, Word Document "As a component of Klamath River fish health assessment the California-Nevada Fish Health Center is examining juvenile Klamath River Chinook and Coho Salmon to monitor the incidence of Ceratomyxa shasta and Parvicapsula minibicornis infection."
OSU Researcher Develops New Way To Detect Salmon Parasite, sciencedaily.com 1/18/05

Feds reply water can't meet tribal requests, The Oregonian 7/3/04. HERE for fish parasite background and KWUA warnings.

Salmon parasite still spreading questions, H&N June 24, 2004. NOTE BY DAN KEPPEN, KWUA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: "Note - 269 dead fish identified. 5 million live hatchery fish released into the river since May."

What's killing Klamath's fish? Times Standard 6/21/04.

Parasite spreading concern on Klamath River, H&N 6/10/04.

Salmon parasite adds to Klamath River woes, AP, posted to KBC 6/5/04.


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