Salmon Snapshots

Lower Klamath River

2014/15 Population

Estimate of Ocean Returning Fish

Coho

Oncorhynchus kisutch

Chinook

Oncorhynchus tshawytscha

Steelhead

Oncorhynchus mykiss

What We Have  
unknown
1,577
unknown
What We Need  
5,900
*
*
Notes:

Chinook number is a minimum fish count (based on select spawner surveys during peak spawning) for Blue Creek, a major tributary of the Lower Klamath River. Data provided by the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Data are preliminary and subject to change.

Coho salmon in the Lower Klamath River are federally listed as threatened. The “What We Need” spawner population abundance targets shown above represent just one of several criteria that the National Marine Fisheries Service considers when determining whether a species should be removed from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants (50 CFR 223.102). Recovering any of the species entails meeting criteria for abundance, productivity, diversity, and spatial structure across multiple watersheds, as well as criteria for alleviating threats (NMFS 2014).

* Chinook and steelhead in the Lower Klamath are not considered at risk of extinction. No target defined.

The 2014/15 snapshot is defined as fall 2014 to spring 2015, as per when salmon and steelhead return from the ocean to spawn. Fall Chinook spawning season is fall 2014. Coho season is fall through early January 2015. Steelhead season can start in fall 2014 but is primarily winter and spring 2015. Spring Chinook season is spring 2015.
 

References

National Marine Fisheries Service. 2014. Final Recovery Plan for the Southern Oregon Northern California Coast Evolutionarily Significant Unit of Coho Salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch). September 2014.

 

fish images © Joe Tomelleri

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