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salmon to visit Klamath Basin
Members of the Oregon Salmon
Commission will travel to the Klamath Basin next
week, at the invitation of local farmers, to learn
more about the impact of the Klamath Irrigation
Project on fish populations.
The two-day tour is part of a series of meetings
facilitated, in part, by the Oregon Department of
Agriculture in an attempt to foster better
understanding and cooperation between coastal
fishermen and Klamath Basin farmers in the wake of
severe harvest restrictions on Chinook salmon this
“We share many values with the Klamath Basin farmers
and it is important for us both to develop solutions
together,” Gold Beach fisherman and processor Scott
Boley said in a press release. Boley also is a
member of the Oregon Salmon Commission.
All commercial salmon fishing from Northern
California to Florence is closed this year due to
concerns about wild stocks of Klamath River fall
Chinook. From Florence north to the Columbia River,
there will be staggered openings with limits of 75
fish per week.
“Our goal in these talks and tours is to form an
alliance between farmers and fishermen to address
the issues that face us and try to find solutions,”
Klamath Basin farmer Dick Carleton said. “We want to
dispel the myth that this is an issue of farmers vs.
fishermen when, in fact, it is not. We want to work
together to find a way to put more fish in the ocean
and rivers for all of us, including sport
The Klamath Project Tour will include stops at Upper
Klamath Lake, a local farm, the Lower Klamath area -
including stops in the Tulelake area of California -
and a presentation at the Klamath Water Users
Thursday May 07, 2009 09:15 AM Pacific
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