Spotlight on Chinook

Slippery slope for salmon?

Chinook salmon in the Upper Klamath and Trinity rivers basin may be listed as threatened or endangered by next year, according to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service press release.

The service received a petition from four environmental groups, including the Center for Biological Diversity, in late January that contained scientific information warranting federal review. Under the Endangered Species Act, a petition containing valid scientific information must be the subject of review by a team of federal, state and academic experts.

As a part of the review process, NOAA is accepting submissions from the public supporting or opposing the petition. NOAA will make a finding based on scientific and commercial data as to whether chinook salmon in the Klamath-Trinity region should be listed as threatened or endangered.

For electronic submissions, visit and use the RIN 0648-XA272.