Klamath Tribes receiving chinook salmon

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HORNBROOK, Calif. – The Klamath Tribes are getting a share of the record run of chinook salmon coming into Northern California’s Klamath River.

Hundreds of fresh salmon will go to tribal members in a Thursday ceremony at the Iron Gate fish hatchery just south of the Oregon-California border. While the tribe has been getting frozen surplus salmon from the hatchery for years, tribal vice chairman Don Gentry says this represents a step closer to being able to harvest salmon themselves from traditional fishing spots — something they have not been able to do for a century.

Implementation of an agreement to remove four dams from the Klamath River to restore salmon returns to the upper Klamath Basin has stalled in Congress.