Thursday, May 15, 2008

Fish The Klamath???

I don't get it. As mentioned earlier on in all the papers, the salmon fisheries in the Klamath have supposedly been devastated by the dams up there. Yet, as has also been mentioned, while salmon fishing has been pretty much closed down throughout the state, the Klamath is the one place left open. The Triplicate reports that salmon runs on the Klamath will be strong this year and and officials are getting word out to local businesses to prepare for an influx of salmon fishermen.

What's up with that? I'm concerned about fisheries as much, or more, than the next guy, but I can't help but wonder. Are these doomsday projections we're hearing about the salmon fisheries just more of the same kind of hysteria we see with things like global warming? I can't help but think that a wise man I knew years ago was right and there are good and bad years for salmon just like there always have been and just because we have a low salmon run one year doesn't mean it's always something that's our fault?


At 11:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The salmon season was cancelled on the basis of the collapse of the salmon run on the Sacramento river. With noone fishing salmon off our coast we should have a better than usual return into the Klamath and fishing should be great.

At 12:21 PM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

Except, the way some people have been telling it, the dams on the Klamath screwed up the salmon populations so badly there wouldn't be enough fish in the river to fish regardless of what happens in the ocean.

I'm wondering if those dams have any effect at all now?

At 2:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How long have the dams been there?
Were the dams just built within the last few years?
Or have they been there for a long time?
Maybe the dams are just a convenient "whipping boy" for local interests who want to remove the dams and take their land back.
They have to demonize modern technology to make their retaking of the land seem spiritually motivated. But it all comes down to greed.

At 2:44 PM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

"How long have the dams been there?".

I don't know, but looking for the answer I found something about them getting "another 50 year operating permit...", so I'm guessing maybe 40 or 50 years?

Also bumped into this web site for people that don't want one of the dams taken down.

Interesting quote from their site that I haven't heard in any discussion of this:

"...Other rivers in the area that have no dams actually have the same or lower water quality.


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