Yreka Fish and Wildlife Office
Pacific Southwest Region
Klamath Fishery Management Council

The Klamath Act expired on October 1, 2006, and was not reauthorized by Congress. The funding for this program was eliminated and the charter was discontinued. The information on this site is provided for reference.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Yreka Fish and Wildlife Office
1829 S. Oregon Street
Yreka, California 96097
Phone: 530-842-5763
Fax: 530-842-4517
Email: yreka@fws.gov

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 Force 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 plan 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 harvest allocation.

Council Charter   Meeting Minutes  KFMC Documents  Reports