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April 05, 2006

A Frank Look at Chinook

For those of you following the lamentable state of the Klamath River fisheries, there's a first-rate op-ed in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer by Billy Frank Jr., chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission. He writes:

We expect the PFMC to take the only action it can to protect the salmon: reduce harvest. After all, cutting harvest has been the major response to declining salmon runs for the past 20 years. We accept that burden year after year with the hope that some day habitat -- the Big H -- will be addressed with the same conviction that we have shown in reducing harvests.

We are not in this mess because of harvest. Our harvest management process works.

The upshot, as you can probably guess, is that the only way to ensure the salmon will persist in the Northwest is to address the thorny and issues that degrade salmon habitat. Without suitable habitat the salmon runs dry up and fishermen bear the economic brunt of decisions that were made literally and figuratively upstream from them. A fair approach would take a hard look at irrigation, dams, development, and all the other contentious problems that affect salmon habitat--"the big H." Or as Frank puts it:

Salmon recovery begins and ends with the Big H.

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Here's the latest news on the Klamath battle. The Bush regime is completely committed to destroying the Klamath River, its fish and its people!

Bush Administration to Challenge Klamath Decision

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                             

April 7, 2006  
                                                                                   
CONTACT:  
Matt Gerien (Thompson) 202-225-3311
Danny Weiss (Miller) 202-225-2095
Danielle Langone (DeFazio) 202-225-6416
Jessica Schafer (Farr) 202-225-2861
Jillian Schoene (Wu) 202-225-0855
 
Challenge Comes on the Heels of Recommendation to Slash Salmon Season
 
WASHINGTON—On the heels of a decision limiting this year’s salmon season and crippling local economies along the California and Oregon Coast, the Bush Administration has decided to challenge a court decision that would have aided in the protection of salmon and the redevelopment of their habitat on the Klamath River. 
 
Members of Congress have learned that on Monday, April 10, the Justice Department plans on asking U.S. District Court Judge Saundra Armstrong to reconsider her ruling that stated that the Bureau of Reclamation must limit the amount of water that is diverted from the Klamath and its struggling salmon.   
 
“This decision is nothing short of a slap in the face to fishing families and coastal communities in California and Oregon,” Congressman Mike Thompson (D-CA-1) said.  “We are reeling from yesterday’s decision to severely limit the season and today the Bush administration has shown complete disregard for the health of the Klamath and the livelihoods of thousands of people who live along our coast.  We can’t just turn our cheeks to the administration’s incompetence and gross mismanagement.”
 
“This inexplicable decision is, sadly, in keeping with the Bush administration's mismanagement of fisheries and water projects up and down the coast. In the San Francisco Bay-Delta, where some of the fish are on the brink of extinction, the administration is signing long-term water contracts that guarantee that destructive water diversions will continue. And now on the Klamath, after repeatedly failing to help our fishing families and communities financially, the administration has decided to fight to keep water out of the river. It adds insult to injury, and all of us on the West coast will end up the poorer for it,” Rep. George Miller (D-CA-7) said. 
 
“Just the day after the Pacific Fishery Management Council recommended unprecedented restrictions amounting to a near closure of the salmon season, the administration is opposing the very remedy that could improve fish survival--increased water flows in the Klamath River,” Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR-4) said. “It seems the administration is not interested in addressing the factors that are ultimately responsible for this salmon disaster.”
 
"This appeal by the Administration is a ridiculous attempt to avoid admitting that they’ve failed at managing the Klamath River!  Our salmon fishermen are being treated as scapegoats and enduring cuts to their season when the real problem lies with imbalanced Klamath water policies-- and now the Administration is continuing to delay progress toward improvement," Congressman Sam Farr (D-CA-17).
 
“This administration has proven time and time again that science is given a back seat to politics, and today is no different,” stated Congressman David Wu (D-OR-1). “Even though federal scientists agree that water management and environmental degradation are the two primary causes of salmon loss, the administration has decided to continue to stand in the way of real solutions for salmon recovery.”

Posted by: Dan Bacher | Apr 7, 2006 11:47:50 PM

Here's the latest news on the Klamath battle. The Bush regime is completely committed to destroying the Klamath River, its fish and its people!

Bush Administration to Challenge Klamath Decision

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                             

April 7, 2006  
                                                                                   
CONTACT:  
Matt Gerien (Thompson) 202-225-3311
Danny Weiss (Miller) 202-225-2095
Danielle Langone (DeFazio) 202-225-6416
Jessica Schafer (Farr) 202-225-2861
Jillian Schoene (Wu) 202-225-0855
 
Challenge Comes on the Heels of Recommendation to Slash Salmon Season
 
WASHINGTON—On the heels of a decision limiting this year’s salmon season and crippling local economies along the California and Oregon Coast, the Bush Administration has decided to challenge a court decision that would have aided in the protection of salmon and the redevelopment of their habitat on the Klamath River. 
 
Members of Congress have learned that on Monday, April 10, the Justice Department plans on asking U.S. District Court Judge Saundra Armstrong to reconsider her ruling that stated that the Bureau of Reclamation must limit the amount of water that is diverted from the Klamath and its struggling salmon.   
 
“This decision is nothing short of a slap in the face to fishing families and coastal communities in California and Oregon,” Congressman Mike Thompson (D-CA-1) said.  “We are reeling from yesterday’s decision to severely limit the season and today the Bush administration has shown complete disregard for the health of the Klamath and the livelihoods of thousands of people who live along our coast.  We can’t just turn our cheeks to the administration’s incompetence and gross mismanagement.”
 
“This inexplicable decision is, sadly, in keeping with the Bush administration's mismanagement of fisheries and water projects up and down the coast. In the San Francisco Bay-Delta, where some of the fish are on the brink of extinction, the administration is signing long-term water contracts that guarantee that destructive water diversions will continue. And now on the Klamath, after repeatedly failing to help our fishing families and communities financially, the administration has decided to fight to keep water out of the river. It adds insult to injury, and all of us on the West coast will end up the poorer for it,” Rep. George Miller (D-CA-7) said. 
 
“Just the day after the Pacific Fishery Management Council recommended unprecedented restrictions amounting to a near closure of the salmon season, the administration is opposing the very remedy that could improve fish survival--increased water flows in the Klamath River,” Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR-4) said. “It seems the administration is not interested in addressing the factors that are ultimately responsible for this salmon disaster.”
 
"This appeal by the Administration is a ridiculous attempt to avoid admitting that they’ve failed at managing the Klamath River!  Our salmon fishermen are being treated as scapegoats and enduring cuts to their season when the real problem lies with imbalanced Klamath water policies-- and now the Administration is continuing to delay progress toward improvement," Congressman Sam Farr (D-CA-17).
 
“This administration has proven time and time again that science is given a back seat to politics, and today is no different,” stated Congressman David Wu (D-OR-1). “Even though federal scientists agree that water management and environmental degradation are the two primary causes of salmon loss, the administration has decided to continue to stand in the way of real solutions for salmon recovery.”

Posted by: Dan Bacher | Apr 7, 2006 11:48:19 PM