Over the next year NOAA Fisheries will weigh
whether chinook salmon in the Upper Klamath and Trinity Rivers in Northern
California need federal protection under the Endangered Species Act, as sought
in a petition from the Karuk Tribe and Salmon River Restoration Council.
In November, the two organizations petitioned
NOAA Fisheries to list chinook salmon in these two rivers as either threatened
or endangered, which would provide the fish with extra protections under federal
This week NOAA Fisheries found that the
petition provided enough information to determine that listing of these two
species under the ESA may be warranted.
This does not mean the species will be listed, only that there is enough
information to warrant further review.
NOAA Fisheries now has one year from the date
of the petition to conduct a status review for the fish and determine whether
Upper Klamath and Trinity River chinook salmon should be listed as threatened
or endangered. The status review evaluation will include an analysis of the
best available scientific and commercial information about the population’s
abundance, productivity, distribution, life history, and threats.
NOAA Fisheries is requesting the public’s help
in gathering this information, as well as information on other possible factors
that will help inform the agency’s listing determination. After reviewing the
information collected, NOAA Fisheries will determine whether Upper
Klamath-Trinity River chinook salmon will be listed no later than November of
For more information, including instructions
for submitting comments, go to www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov