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YREKA FWO: Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission Amends Klamath Management Plan
Region 8, July 15, 2008

by Matt Baun, Yreka FWO
At its July, 2008 meeting, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission endorsed an amendment to the State’s 1997 Klamath River Basin Fish Management Plan to include the management of anadromous fish in Oregon waters of the Klamath River.  The amendment calls for a cautious, science-based approach to the reintroduction of Chinook salmon, steelhead, coho salmon, and pacific lamprey by the Oregon Department of Fish and Game. 


Historically, anadromous fish occupied hundreds of miles of habitat in the Oregon portion of the Klamath River.  Salmon disappeared from the Upper Klamath Basin almost 100 years ago when Copco Dam in California blocked fish passage upriver.  Today, however, Project’s owners face mandatory federal requirements to provide passage to migrating fish at Copco and other dams on the lower river.


“With a new federal mandate for fish passage and the millions of dollars already spent on habitat restoration, we think it’s reasonable and prudent to study the possibility of bringing salmon back to the basin,” said Roger Smith, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife district biologist.


John Hamilton from the Service’s Yreka Fish and Wildlife office testified on behalf of the amendment to Oregon’s Plan.


A copy of the plan is available at the ODFW web site www.dfw.state.or.us

Contact Info: Scott Flaherty, , Scott_Flaherty@fws.gov