“Most catastrophic fisheries collapse in history” expected along West Coast — Official: “This is a nightmare, I have never in my life dreamed that it could get this bad” — Threat of “coast-wide fishing failure” (VIDEO)

Published: March 30th, 2017 at 12:43 pm ET
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Yurok Tribe Press Release, Mar 24, 2017 (emphasis added): The Yurok Tribe is bracing for the far-reaching economic, cultural, and social challenges created by what is expected to be the most catastrophic fisheries collapse in the Klamath River’s history. The number of fall Chinook salmon predicted to return… is the lowest on record… This unprecedented fisheries crash will have real consequences for the Yurok people… “This is a nightmare. I have never in my life dreamed that it could get this bad,” said Thomas P. O’Rourke Sr., Chairman of the Yurok Tribe… The bleak 2017 forecast is linked to a three-punch combination, comprised of two straight years of extremely elevated juvenile fish disease levels, diminished river conditions and poor ocean health… “We are in crisis mode… [this is] the most terrible fisheries disaster in the Tribe’s history,” said Chairman O’Rourke.

KRCR News, Mar 24, 2017: The Yurok Tribe announced Friday that they are preparing for what they are calling, “The most catastrophic fisheries collapse in the Klamath River’s history.“ Yurok officials said that the amount Chinook salmon predicted to return to the river in 2017 is… the lowest number on record.

KRCR News transcript excerpt, Mar 24, 2017: “The Yurok Tribe is announcing a major disaster. They’ve been bracing for what they are expecting to be one of the most catastrophic fisheries collapse in the history of the Klamath River. The number of fall Chinook salmon predicted to return to the river this year is the lowest on record, that’s according to the tribe.”

Anderson Valley Advertiser, Mar 22, 2017: Salmon Runs Crash… With record low runs forecasted, the commercial and recreational ocean Chinook salmon fishing seasons in the Klamath Management Zone (KMZ) from Southern Oregon to north of Shelter Cove will be closed this season… Ocean salmon abundance is expected to be so low this year that the Pacific Fishery Management Council… is considering a statewide closure of the commercial Chinook salmon season… A PFMC press release… stated that “drought, disease, poor ocean conditions and other issues” are expected to reduce Klamath River Chinook salmon returns to a record low level… [Mike Burner, the PFMC’s deputy director said] “we are in unprecedented territory.”

The Record, Mar 21, 2017: Scientists believe the numbers of adult chinook salmon in the ocean this year are so low that recreational and commercial fishing seasons up and down the California coast will be drastically reduced…

Oregon Public Broadcasting, Mar 13, 2017: The West Coast is on track for a meager and potentially disastrous salmon season… [Butch Smith, who chairs an advisory panel that helps the Pacific Fishery Management Council set salmon seasons] this year may end up being considered a coast-wide fishing failure.

Watch KRCR’s broadcast here

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