200 Miles of West Coast Salmon Fishing Shuttered Due to Record Low Forecast

Klamath River. Photo by Matt Baun/USFWS

Facing a record-low Klamath River salmon forecast, the Pacific Fisheries Management Council has moved to close 200 miles of coastal fishing in northern California and southern Oregon. Fishery managers expect to see less than 12,000 chinook returning to the Klamath this season.

Of course, this isn’t California’s first salmon setback. Brian Johnson, TU California Director, says, “These catastrophic salmon returns were triggered by the recent drought, but they are caused by decades of bad decisions by the state and federal government. If the drought taught us anything, it’s that we need to restore river habitat faster…

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