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Bracing For A Fisheries Disaster On The Klamath River

The ECOreport reposts news from California, Bracing For A Fisheries Disaster On The Klamath River

Originally Published on the Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

As a journalist who has reported extensively on the September 2002 fish kill on the Klamath River and the struggle to restore the river and its fish by the Yurok, Karuk and Hoopa Valley Tribes, fishing groups and environmental organizations, I find this year’s collapse of the Klamath River fall-run Chinook salmon population very alarming.
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Poor Fishing Season on Sacramento & Klamath Rivers

The ECOreport reposts an Op-Ed about anticipated poor Fishing season on Sacramento & Klamath Rivers 

Originally Published on the Daily KOS

by Dan Bacher

Recreational and commercial fishermen attending the annual salmon fishery information meeting in Santa Rosa on March 1 received grim news from state and federal biologists – they will see reduced salmon fishing opportunities in both the ocean and the Sacramento and Klamath River systems, due to low returns of spawning fish to the rivers last fall.

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Potentially Deadly Disease In Lower Klamath Salmon

The ECOreport reposts an Op-Ed from California about potentially deadly disease in lower Klamath salmon

Originally printed on the Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

The Klamath River salmon fishery, an integral part of the culture, religion and livelihoods of the Yurok, Hoopa Valley and Karuk Tribes of Northern California, is going through some tough times this year.
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Tribes Divided Over Klamath Dam Removal

The ECOreport reposts a repost that the Tribes Divided Over Klamath Dam Removal: Klamath & Karuk for, Hoopa Valley Tribe Against 

Originally Published on the Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

Salmon and steelhead will once again ascend the upper Klamath River and its tributaries, as they did for many hundreds of thousands of years before dams were built, if an agreement reached on April 6 is implemented.

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Removing Four Dams From The Klamath River

The ECOreport reposts a story about river restoration fisheries, farming, and removing four dams from the Klamath River

Originally Published on Department of Interior

The U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Department of Commerce, PacificCorp, and the states of Oregon and California today signed an agreement that, following a process administered by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), is expected to remove four dams on the Klamath River by 2020, amounting to one of the largest river restoration efforts in the nation.

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California: Feds release emergency flows after fish parasite found in Klamath

“While there has not been a confirmation that any fish have died as a result of Ich, we are extremely concerned that there could be another fish kill in the coming weeks if additional flows are not released. We appreciate that the Bureau of Reclamation heeded our request to send emergency flows down the Klamath River,” said Thomas P. O’Rourke Sr., Chair of the Yurok Tribe.

Originally Published by Indybay.org

by Dan Bacher

The Bureau of Reclamation at 10 a.m. today began to release additional water from Trinity Reservoir in response to the discovery of an Ich parasite infection in Chinook salmon in the lower Klamath River and at the request of the Yurok and Hoopa Valley tribes.

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Former MLPA science co-chair sentenced to 10 months in federal prison

Biologist and co-conspirator embezzled +$852,000 from Yurok Tribe

Originally Published in the Daily KOS and Indybay.com

By Dan Bacher

A federal judge in San Francisco on May 20 sentenced Ron Valley of Mad River Biologists, the former co-chair of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative Science Advisory Team for the North Coast, to serve 10 months in federal prison for his role in a conspiracy to embezzle over $852,000 in federal funds from the Yurok Tribe.
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