[env-trinity] Season's only salmon regulation meeting is Thursday in Crescent City

Josh Allen jallen at trinitycounty.org
Tue Apr 25 17:19:20 PDT 2006

Season's only salmon regulation meeting is Thursday in Crescent City 




Don Terbush 

Article Launched: 04/25/2006 04:21:28 AM PDT 

Ed Duggan, representative of the Trinity River Fishermen's Group, said
he has been informed that there will be one hearing only for the fall
salmon regulations rather than the two requested. 

The meeting will be held Thursday at the Del Norte County Board of
Supervisors chambers in Crescent City starting at 6 p.m. Weaverville had
also been requested as a second hearing site but was denied. 

Duggan requests that any and all fishermen e-mail Department of Fish and
Game commissioners "and let them know how you feel about the reduction
of the In-River sport fishing harvest for fall-run Chinook." 

"There are sample letters available at www.fishtrinity.com if you want
to do it the easy way, Duggan said. "Otherwise, make your own comments
to the commissioners at FGC at fgc.ca.gov. Mr. Michael Flores is the
president of the commission, or just send it to the commissioners." 

E-mails must be sent before April 27. 

Duggan also points out that the Pacific Fisheries Management Council
"was able to reduce the sport in-river fishing quota from our
traditional 10-15 percent to 3 percent. With the lowering of the Klamath
natural spawners to be reduced to 21,000 from the regular 35,000 it will
allow the harvest of about 8,000 fall Chinook." 

That would break down to 8,000 Klamath River salmon available for
harvest, meaning a 4,000 Tribal harvest and 4,000 for non-tribal

Normal 15 percent in-river sport fishery would allow for 600 fall
Chinook. A PFMC reduction to 3 percent would allow for 300 fall Chinook
in river harvest. If you use the USFS hook mortality rate for
catch-and-release that would be 325 Chinook, which would be over the 3
percent allowable harvest or 300 salmon, Duggan explained. 

"The in-river sport fishermen take a beating, while the ocean fishing
gets the lion's share of the harvest. Last year the ocean harvest of KMZ
Chinook between August and October went 6,123 salmon over their quota.
Therefore, it was added to this year's fishing quota of harvestable
Chinook. If we are to have any type of fall salmon season this year, you
must e-mail the Fish and Game Commission before April 27." 


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