Klamath Tribes share in record salmon run


Published Oct 12, 2012 at 05:00AM / Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 12:31AM

HORNBROOK, Calif. — The Klamath Tribes are getting a share of the record run of chinook salmon coming into Northern California’s Klamath River.

Tribal members held a ceremony Thursday at the Iron Gate fish hatchery just south of the Oregon-California border and are picking up hundreds of fresh salmon that swim into the hatchery.

Tribal vice chairman Don Gentry says the tribe has been getting frozen surplus salmon from the hatchery for years, but this represents a step closer to being able to harvest salmon themselves from traditional fishing spots — something they have not been able to do for a century.

Implementation of an agreement to remove four dams from the Klamath River to restore salmon returns to the upper Klamath Basin has stalled in Congress.