Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Klamath Summit delayed to allow parties to negotiate

Interesting article about the ongoing negotiations between all the major players concerning removing the dams on the Klamath River. If the summit ever happens it should be an interesting event.

Battle for the Klamath on PBS station KRCB

It airs on November 19th at 10:30pm and will be on again in early 2007. Check the listings here.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Battle for the Klamath on PBS stations

Battle for the Klamath airs on PBS station KEET multiple times in November as part of their programming for American Indian Heritage Month. Other western regional PBS stations will be airing the documentary over the next few months. Check back for more info.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Battle for the Klamath in the Ocean Film Festival

The documentary will screen on September 24th in Savannah, GA as part of the Whose Water is it, Anyway? section of the festival.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Fish Fight Turns Bitter

More on yesterday's lack of action for northcoast fishermen and what the impact is.

No aid from White House for Klamath fishermen

The White House refuses to provide any aid to west coast salmon fishermen impacted by the partial closure of the salmon season. The head of NOAA apparently told west coast politicians that no aid would be forthcoming until at least next February - too late for many fishermen to save their boats and for many small coastal communities to escape serious economic consequences.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Questions About Salmon Are Directed Upstream

The practice of squelching government scientists by political appointees is commonplace now in this Administration. We've seen it with global warming, various EPA policies and now salmon issues in the west. I've run into it in Oregon, California and just a couple of weeks ago, in Florida (not about salmon, but other water issues).

Scientists are threatened with demotion, or reassignment to far less desirable posts if they're career employees, or dismissal if they're not. The amazing thing is, it's commonly known and accepted that this is happening and there is no outrage from the general public or the legislative branch. These scientists are working with public tax dollars on publicly supported projects and many times their work is smothered by political appointees with an agenda.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

U.S. OKs Slashing Salmon Season

Could be the last straw for a lot of commercial fishermen on the northern California coast. Check out Zeke Grader's comment (he discusses some of these issues in the documentary) that the ruling is more like a 90 percent cut in the salmon season, rather than the 60 percent that NOAA fisheries claims.

Friday, April 28, 2006

Salmon fishermen protest cuts

Here's coverage of the fishermen rally in San Francisco last Monday from the Chronicle.

Califronia Congressman Mike Thompson (D) and Senators Feinstein (D) and Boxer (D) are introducing legislation to help the fishermen and provide long term support for the Klamath River. Without Republican support though, the legislation will go nowhere.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Salmon Rally in San Francisco

From Congressman Mike Thompson’s Office:

On Monday, April 24th, Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-01) will be holding a salmon rally at 10:00 a.m. on Pier 47. The purpose of the rally is to bring attention to the salmon season off the coasts of California and Oregon, and to also roll-out a disaster assistance bill that is aimed to help the communities in need. Another aspect of the bill will have a conservation component to help restore and monitor the salmon of the Klamath River.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Bush Administration to Challenge Klamath Decision

The day after restrictions are put on the salmon fishing season, the Bush Adminstration decides to appeal the decision that mandates higher water flows to help endangered salmon on the Klamath River.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Another excellent article about trouble on the Klamath

From the San Francisco Chronicle.

Go to Streamscope for a video clip on last week's rally by fishermen from up and down the Pacific coast in Santa Rosa, CA. Another protest is scheduled for April 4th in Sacramento.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Commercial fishermen rally

Hard times for the Fort Bragg Fishing Fleet

A rally for commercial fishermen is scheduled for March 28th in Santa Rosa, California to "demand real solutions to salmon declines." The Pacific Fisheries Management Council meets at 7pm to hear public comments about the 2006 salmon season and the rally is intended to bring attention to the commercial fishermen up and down the west coast. This year's salmon season is in jeopardy because of declining fish runs in the Klamath River and a lot of fishermen could face financial ruin if the season is cancelled or cut short.

My hope is to cover the rally and post some video on the Streamscope site by the end of the week.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Media attention on Klamath salmon

Lots of media attention these days on the plight of salmon fishermen, both commercial and recreational, due to the possible closure of the salmon fishing season.

This editorial was in the San Francisco Chronicle today.

The KQED radio show Forum did a show on urban salmon fisheries last week.

This AP article is a good overview of the cause of the problem.

And there may be a story on the Newshour this week.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Salmon season start in limbo

The impact of the fish kill on the Klamath River and the subsequent low returns of spawning salmon to the river and its tributaries is going to hit commercial and recreational fishermen hard this year.

Here's the latest from the San Francisco Chronicle.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Dire times for salmon fishermen

The fish aren't there. That seems to be the bottom line for the Northern California communities that depend on Klamath River salmon in 2006. It appears there may be no commercial salmon season at all this year, due in part to the 2002 fish kill and low water flows that have created a multitude of problems for spawning salmon on the Klamath River.

Read the full story by clicking on the title above.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Load the documentary trailer onto Itunes and your Ipod

Open Itunes, click on Advanced at the top, click on Subscribe to Podcast and type in the box. Click on OK and it will load into your copy of Itunes.

The quality is pretty impressive for such a small screen.