Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Tribes face fishing closure

Yurok Fisherman

This article from Indian Country Today explains how the restrictions on salmon fishing in the Klamath River apply not only to commercial and recreational fishermen up and down the coast, but also to the Indian tribes, particularly the Yurok tribe at the mouth of the river.

I spent a couple of days on the river with Yurok tribal fishermen, filming them fishing and talking to them about the 2002 fish kill and what the salmon mean to the tribe. Troy Fletcher, quoted in the story above, plays a large role in the documentary, explaining the Yurok's position in the ongoing controversy.

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