Message from the Klamath River Inter-Tribal Fish and Water Commission

You might have heard of a time, or even remember, when the Klamath, Karuk, Hoopa, and Yurok Tribes sustained themselves on the bounty of the Klamath River. There was a time when salmon crowded into the Klamath River, so abundant that they fed four tribes for generations and supported a booming commercial fishery and cannery.

The Klamath River once supported the third largest salmon run in America providing sustenance for the Tribes and the local communities. Today all this has changed, with fall chinook salmon populations only 8% of what they once were and coho only 1% of pre-dam populations. Coho are listed by the State of California and the United States Government as a Threatened Species.

The time for restoration is now. Removal of the Klamath River dams represents a key step in the restoration process as they currently block access to over 350 miles of historic spawning grounds. If restored, the Klamath fishery would be valued at over $4.5 billion, providing a much needed economic boost to local economies.

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