Ongoing fish kill on the Klamath River is an ‘absolute worst-case scenario’

Unprecedented drought in the Klamath Basin leaves communities wondering how they will make it through the summer.

  • Around 70% of the juvenile salmon collected by the Yurok Fisheries Department’s in-river trapping device have been dead, killed by a warm water disease, C. shasta, accelerated by drought on the Klamath River.

    Teresa Mitchell/Yurok Tribe
  • Jamie Holt, a Yurok Fisheries Department technician, examines a juvenile salmon on the stretch of the Klamath River that flows through the Yurok Reservation.

    Matt Mais/Yurok Tribe