GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – The battle continues between hobby gold miners and the Karuk tribe over Klamath River salmon.
On April 9, the California State Fish and Game Commission turned down the New 49’ers’s mining club petition to ban tribal dip netting at Ishi Pishi Falls, where they have fished for thousands of years.
It was filed in response to the tribe’s efforts to close suction dredge mining on the Klamath in Northern California.
Club member Mike Higbee, owner of the Armadillo Mining Shop in Grants Pass, said the club felt the fishing was more harmful to threatened coho salmon than mining.
Craig Tucker, who leads the tribe’s salmon restoration campaign, said they are proceeding with their lawsuit to make Fish and Game enforce gold mining regulations.
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