Jefferson Public Radio —
Federal fishery managers are recommending that Chinook salmon fisheries along 200 miles of Oregon and California coast be closed or severely restricted due to conditions in the Klamath River.
The restrictions would extend through the Klamath Basin Zone, which runs between Coos Bay, Oregon, and Fort Bragg, California.
For years, Chinook salmon in the Klamath River have been hit with deadly outbreaks of a parasite called C. Shasta. These infections have worsened with rising water temperatures and low water levels.
Glen Spain is with the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations. He says that the spike of disease is bad news for future salmon runs.