Record Breaking Fall Chinook Salmon Run Expected
By KRISTAN KORNS, Two Rivers Tribune
According to preliminary reports, this year’s run of adult fall Chinook is expected to be around 272,000, with an expected allotment of 92,000 for the Yurok Tribe and 23,000 for the Hoopa Valley Tribe.
The Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) is meeting this week and will decide on a recommendation by Wednesday, April, 10, which will be forwarded to the Secretary of Commerce.
Regina Chichizola, communications coordinator for the Hoopa Valley Tribe, said the exact allotment isn’t known yet.
Final regulations should be published by mid-May.
George Kautsky, deputy director of Hoopa Tribal Fisheries, said he didn’t expect many changes in the preliminary numbers.
“There’s a harvest guideline of 115,000 adult fall Chinook,” Kautsky said.
Typically, 80 percent of the joint tribal guideline is allocated to the Yurok Tribe, which would be around 92,000 this year.
Kautsky said, “This leaves 20 percent – 23,000 adults – for the Hoopa Valley Tribe.”
The PFMC also prepared a letter for the Department of the Interior that asked for additional releases of water into the Trinity and Klamath Rivers in order to protect the fish run.
In their letter, the PFMC wrote “the low flows, combined with such a large run, could result in conditions similar to those that led to the September 2002 fish kill.”