Klamath Chinook One Step Closer to Protection Under ESA

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Monday, April 11th, 2011

In response to a petition from, the Center for Biological Diversity, Oregon Wild, Environmental Protection Information Center and Larch Company, the National Marine Fisheries Service today determined that upper Klamath River Chinook salmon found in northern California and southern Oregon may warrant protection under the federal Endangered Species Act and initiated a status review to determine if protection is warranted.

“The Klamath River Basin and the salmon it supports are a national treasure,” said Andrew Orahoske, conservation director for the Environmental Protection Information Center. “So far, federal agencies have managed spring-run Chinook in the Klamath by ignoring them. Plans for the restoration of the Klamath need to put spring Chinook recovery front and center.”

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