US: Tribe signs pact with California to work together on efforts to save endangered salmon

United States
Published May 5, 2023

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A California tribe has signed agreements with state and federal agencies to work together on efforts to return endangered Chinook salmon to their traditional spawning areas upstream of Shasta Dam, a deal that could advance the long-standing goal of tribal leaders to reintroduce fish that were transplanted from California to New Zealand more than a century ago and still thrive there.

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Members of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe have long sought to restore a wild salmon population in the McCloud River north of Redding, where their ancestors once lived. The agreements that were signed this week for the first time formally recognize the tribe as a partner participating in efforts to save the endangered winter-run Chinook salmon. "We're very hopeful," said Caleen Sisk, the tribe's chief and spiritual leader. "It allows us to have a bigger voice in the process of bringing the salmon back." She said state and federal officials "realized that they really have to have us as partners." "I think it'll take everybody's knowledge to really have them restored," Sisk said. She signed the agreements Monday with state and federal fisheries officials at a ceremony next to Shasta Lake, near where the McCloud River flows into the reservoir. Once the signing was finished, members of the Winnemem Wintu and Pomo tribes danced around a fire. Chinook salmon haven't been able to reach the ...
Source: Phys
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