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The Klamath River Basin Conservation Area Restoration
Program was established in 1986 under Public Law 99-552, (known as the Klamath
Act) to restore the anadromous fish, primarily salmon and steelhead, of
the Klamath River Basin. The Klamath Act authorized that $21,000,000 be
appropriated for the program over twenty years, and it established two federal
advisory committees: Klamath River Basin Fisheries Task
and the Klamath Fishery Management Council.
The Klamath Fishery Management Council (KFMC) is an 11-member federal advisory
committee that brings together commercial and recreational fishermen, Native
American tribes, and state and federal agencies to work by consensus to
manage harvests and ensure continued viable populations of anadromous fish
in the Klamath Basin. The KFMC has developed a long-term
for the management of in-river and ocean harvest of Klamath Basin
anadromous fish. Members include representatives
from commercial and recreational ocean fisheries, the in-river sport fishing
community, tribal fisheries, and agencies (the California Department of
Fish and Game, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, National Marine Fisheries
Service, and U.S. Department of the Interior).
The KFMC met three times each spring to
review the past year’s harvest of Chinook salmon, and to review
predictions of Chinook salmon ocean abundance and harvests in the upcoming
year developed by their Technical Advisory Team.
The KFMC then made specific recommendations to the agencies that regulate
the harvest of Klamath Basin fish. Those agencies included the Pacific
Fishery Management Council (a regional body that develops ocean fishing
regulations for the Pacific Coast), California Fish and Game Commission,
Oregon Department of Fish Wildlife, Yurok Tribal Fisheries, and Hoopa
Tribal Fisheries. KFMC recommendations to the Pacific Fishery Management
Council were used to develop ocean salmon fishing seasons. The Pacific
Fishery Management Council then passed its recommended fishing seasons
to the Department of Commerce, which had final authority in setting regulations
for the ocean fishery.
The KFMC also held a fall meeting. At that
meeting members heard the results of scientific studies, and discussed ways
of improving management. They addressed issues such as hatchery practices,
fishery monitoring, salmon sub-stocks, endangered species listings and