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To make the case that an animal needs protection under the Endangered Species Act, you have to prove that you seek to protect a distinct population of the animal. 

And recent research appears to prove a distinction between Spring Chinook and Fall Chinook salmon native to the Klamath River. 

Which may strengthen the case for protecting the troubled spring run under the ESA. 

The Karuk Tribe recently filed notice of intent to request such protection for the fish. 

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There is no commercial salmon fishing season in the Pacific along much of the coast this year, because of the need to protect sensitive species from overfishing. 

This is not the first time fishery managers shut down the take, and will not be the last.  And a recent report from California Trout and researchers at UC-Davis indicate fish are in serious trouble despite the efforts. 

"SOS II: Fish in Hot Water" predicts extinction for 74% of California's native salmon, steelhead, and trout in 100 years. 

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Salmon runs into the region's rivers fluctuate quite a bit from year to year. 

But the forecast for the chinook salmon run returning to the Klamath River this year is just plain awful.  If the forecast proves true, it will be the smallest chinook run in recorded history. 

Which presents the Pacific Fishery Management Council with few options, none of them attractive for people who want to catch the fish. 

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We have private schools and private prisons... how about private oceans?  The question is facetious, but only mildly so. 

Because commercial fishing in the United States is regulated through "catch shares" that allocate who can fish.  And those shares are privately held. 

We learn a whole lot more in a book by investigative journalist Lee van der Voo, The Fish Market

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California had to learn and re-learn lessons about water conservation as drought deepened in recent years.  And the lessons will be needed again, because rain now does not mean the end of drought. 

Then there's the backdrop... a state that does not get much rain holds more people than any other state.  How can water use be curtailed, yet allow people and fish to thrive at the same time? 

That will be the central question when the Salmonid Restoration Federation convenes a workshop later this week in Fortuna (Jan. 13th).  We get a preview. 

Project Maps Aquatic DNA Across The West

Dec 14, 2016
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Maybe you get confused by those news stories about fish swimming back into their native rivers from the ocean. 

Put aside how they find their way... how do we, as humans, keep track of which species belongs where?  How do species differ from stream to stream? 

These are among the questions to be answered by an Aquatic Environmental DNA Atlas for the Western United States now in the works. 

Dan Isaak of the Forest Service is one of the people helping to compile the atlas. 

Keeping The Fish In The Fisheries

Sep 5, 2016
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One of the most important considerations when obtaining food is simple: can we obtain it again in the near future?  If the answer is no, then the food source is probably not sustainable. 

Obtaining sustainable seafood is of particular interest at the moment, when some fishing stocks have collapsed from overfishing. 

We bring in guests with experience in providing sustainable seafood, from near and not-so-near.  Aaron Longton presides over the board at Port Orford Ocean Resource Team (POORT) and manages Port Orford Sustainable Seafood.  Camilla Lombard and husband Kirk co-founded and manage Sea Forager in San Francisco. 

Yurok Salmon Festival Skips The Salmon

Aug 17, 2016
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The Yurok Tribe will host its annual Klamath Salmon Festival on schedule on Saturday.  But for the first time in the half-century history of the festival, no salmon will be served. 

Tribal leaders say there just are not enough fish to feed all the festival visitors. 

Not with any sense of environmental responsibility, anyway. 

Tracking Trout In Upper Klamath Lake

Aug 12, 2016
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Upper Klamath Lake is full of food for fish. 

So it's a bit of a mystery why big fish like redband trout leave the lake and head into its tributaries, where there's less food. 

Oregon Fish and Wildlife has a new tool in potentially solving the mystery: radio tags in the fish.  The tags will help ODFW track fish movements in and around the lake. 

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The fishing is world-class along the North Umpqua River. 

And it might be even better, if Congress acts to create the Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary.  Moore was the longtime operator of the Steamboat Inn along the river, and a member of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission. 

A bill to create the sanctuary in his name is working its way ever so slowly through Congress. 

Only A Decade To Restore Fisheries IF...

Apr 27, 2016
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  It sounds almost too good to be true: we can fish the oceans AND feed the earth's growing population, sustainably. 

That is the finding of several scientists, including Christopher Costello at the University of California, Santa Barbara. 

The scientists' report says "business as usual" would have to change, but that the Earth's fisheries could rebound in a decade. 

The suggested approach is "rights-based," rebuilding protected local fisheries. 

New Fishing Rules For Oregon

Dec 28, 2015
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It's a regular rhythm of the seasons: fish return to rivers at certain times of the year.

And laws change on January 1st of nearly every year. 

2016 is no different, and laws and regulations affecting fishing take effect in Oregon when the calendar changes. 

The Native Fish Society provided a good deal of input to the new rules, favoring some and opposing others. 

Two Legs, Many Fins: Fishpeople

Dec 21, 2015
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Overfishing has greatly impacted food supplies we draw from the ocean.  But we still need and like seafood.

Portland-based Fishpeople keeps an eye on both situations. 

The company is in the business of selling seafood, but also limits what it sells to what the ocean can continue to produce, sustainably. 

Yurok Call For Better Scott River Flows

Dec 1, 2015
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Fish can take a beating in drought years in Western rivers. 

But water management can make the effects of drought worse for fish, in the eyes of the Yurok Tribe. 

The tribe runs its own fisheries department, and recently released an analysis of water flows in the Scott River, a major Klamath River tributary. 

The tribe's concerns about the Klamath are well-known; the Yurok pulled out of the Klamath Agreements seeking dam removal a few months ago. 

Paving The Way For Fish In Rogue Basin

Jul 6, 2015

  JeffX 7/7 @ 8:30: The efforts to improve living conditions for fish tend to focus on big dams, like the four proposed for removal on the Klamath River.  But changes to existing small dams can help as well.  

  The federal Bureau of Reclamation will upgrade the fish ladder at a small irrigation dam in Ashland this summer.  The project is part of a broader effort to make life better for fish throughout the Rogue River Basin.  BOR's Doug DeFlitch joins us. 

Expanding The Zone of "Watchable Wildlife"

Dec 19, 2014
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How did a guy who worked as a wildlife biologist manage to leave millions of dollars for enhancing "watchable wildlife?"

By being a savvy buyer and seller of real estate.

The late Bob Mace worked for Oregon Fish and Wildlife for years, retiring in the early 80s.

And he left money and property behind when he died, so more people over time would be able to enjoy watchable wildlife.

Suing To Help The Bull Trout

Jul 22, 2014
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Environmental groups are keeping their own and government lawyers busy. 

Cascadia Wildlands and other groups recently announced an intention to sue the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management over the bull trout. 

The groups say the land agencies need a "timeout" to consider how projects on the lands they manage would affect the threatened trout. 

From Renewables To Fish Restoration

Jun 12, 2014
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Using renewable energy in Oregon provides a double benefit. 

First, there's the obvious benefit of using wind or solar or geothermal power instead of burning fossil fuels. 

Second, money from Pacific Power's Blue Sky program goes to help restore fish habitat in key streams around the region. 

The streams include tributaries of the Rogue and Illinois rivers, among others. 

Why The Oregon Chub Is A De-Listing Candidate

Feb 11, 2014
Oregon Fish & Wildlife

Not every species that enters the endangered species list stays there for decades. 

The bald eagle recovered enough to get de-listed, and so did several other animals.  But no fish ever came off the list… until now. 

Dungeness Crab Prices Set

Dec 13, 2013
Jon Sullivan

Dungeness crab fishers will begin setting their pots today after reaching a price agreement with seafood processors.

With the Oregon Department of Agriculture supervising negotiations, the sides agreed to a minimum price of $2.65 per pound, a 35-cent increase from a year ago, and the highest price ever agreed upon for an opening.

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