June 23, 2011
Siskiyou County Water Users Association has submitted a second Coho delisting petition to delist Coho Salmon in the Klamath Basin based on the following parameters.
1. There is no historical evidence that Coho Salmon were ever indigenous to the Klamath Basin.
2. The Karuk tribal Council meeting of Dec. 27, 2001 indicated that Coho Salmon were never in the Klamath River and they should not try to bring them back.
3. In a 1913 California Fish & Game Commission report indicated there were no run of either kind of Salmon in the Trinity River even after Coho were planted in 1895 and 1899.
4. There is no provision in the Federal Endangered Species Act for listing a non- indigenous species.
5. California ESA and NMFS are in violation of the Endangered Species Act by listing Coho Salmon which is unlawful, arbitrary and capricious.
6. U.S. Fish & Wildlife service are in violation of their mandates which are restricted to freshwater species only. By being involved in the KBRA and KHSA regarding a saltwater species, ie: Salmon, their actions are unlawful, arbitrary and capricious.
7. Based on these historical records and the violation of the Federal Endangered Species Act Coho Salmon must be removed from the endangered list in California.
PNP Comment: We are in total agreement with the Siskiyou County Water Users Association. The coho listing was a fraud used to destroy timber and agricultural economies in the Siskiyou and Klamath areas. — Editor Liz Bowen