Yurok Tribe looks to protect Klamath River salmon fisheries

KLAMATH, CA. – The Yurok Tribe wants to make sure there is enough water flowing in the Klamath River to prevent another fish kill, and that is why they are sending a group of supporters to a hearing on the matter.

On Wednesday afternoon, Judge William H. Orrick, will hear a motion from the Klamath Water Users Association, and four irrigation districts.

They are requesting the Bureau of Reclamation release more water in the spring and summer, to support baby salmon from a pathogen called Ceratonova Shasta.

They say that “every time there is a drought, disease problems plague the Klamath fish stocks until the river’s flows are appropriately managed.”

Chinook Salmon are on the decline, which led the Yurok Tribe to cancel commercial fishing last year.