North Coast Congressmen Mike Thompson has
invited North Coast counties, U.S. congressmen
and interest groups of the Klamath Basin in
California and Oregon to a congressional forum
to discuss the current conditions of the
Klamath Basin's anadromous fisheries.
The forum will be held on Aug. 30 in the City
of Eureka Council Chamber beginning at 1:30
p.m. Thompson said he organized the forum to
bring all stakeholders of the Klamath together
to discuss comprehensive solutions to issues
related to the river's resources.
The congressman said the forum will feature an
expert panel that will provide testimonies by
representatives from the Bureau of
Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
California Department of Fish and Game,
Humboldt State University, the Hoopa and Yurok
Tribes and the National Oceanic Atmospheric
Administration on Fisheries. County
representatives and stakeholder groups have
also been encouraged to give presentations.
According to United States Geological Service,
the conditions facing anadromous fish of the
Klamath River this summer were similar to
That fall, between 34,000 to 68,000 salmon and
trout died from disease in the lower Klamath
River due primarily to low water flows and
high water temperatures, Thompson said.
However, recent actions by the U.S. Department
of the Interior may provide much-needed relief
to the Klamath's fisheries this year.
This forum will provide the Klamath Basin's
stakeholders real-time updates of the river's
anadromous fisheries, commercial and
recreational fishing seasons and conservation
programs aimed at restoring the river's salmon
and steelhead stocks, Thompson said.