Tribal 2014 Fall Salmon Quotas Set

The Pacific Fisheries Management Council (PFMC) released their official 2014 fall run Chinook harvest guidelines last week, with 27,300 adult fall Chinook slated for tribal harvest on the Klamath and Trinity Rivers. Read More →

OP-ED-Fishing for the Future (Danny Jordan-Hoopa, Calif.)

By DANNY JORNDAN, Hoopa Valley Tribal Self Governance Coordinator and Hoopa Tribal Fisherman Several Federal Courts have interpreted federally reserved Indian fishing rights as being a right to: "Up to 50% of the harvestable fish or the amount needed to accommodate a moderate standard of living, whichever is less. I was recently asked: Who defines Indian fish needs based on a moderate standard of living? The answer – The Tribe does. Under the existing federal trust responsibility standards the Hoopa Tribe is legally entitled to our share of 50% of fish that is produced by the Klamath and Trinity Rivers. However, if the referendum passes then the Tribe will have formally given up its allocation right in order to accept a lesser amount of fish. This decision will have far reaching impacts on the Trinity River, the Federal Government’s trust obligations to the Tribe, and the extent that future generations of Hoopa members continue to have meaningful fishing and water rights. Read More →