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SIZE LIMIT ON KLAMATH RIVER CHINOOK SALMON

 SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of Fish and Game today announced that after Sept. 10, 1993, it will be illegal for anglers to keep any chinook (king) salmon measuring more than 22 inches in length caught in the Klamath River from its mouth to the falls at Coon Creek.
 The size restrictions -- imposed to preserve equitable number of adult chinooks for upstream anglers -- will apply to the entire Klamath River basin, including the Trinity River, on Oct. 9, 1993.
 Fisheries managers estimate that the sport harvest of adult chinook salmon in the Klamath below the falls at Coon Creek will exceed 50 percent of the authorized sport harvest for the entire Klamath River basin by Sept. 10, 1993.
 The authorized 1993 sport harvest of adult chinook salmon was set at 2,700 fish. Regulations adopted by the state Fish and Game Commission require that the Klamath below the falls at Coon Creek be closed to the take of adult chinook salmon when the sport harvest in the area equals or exceeds 50 percent (1,350) of the basin-wide allotment.
 Anglers may continue to keep up to three chinook salmon if each measures 22 inches or less in total length. Limits on coho (silver) salmon and steelhead trout remain unchanged.
 The 1993 sport harvest quota reductions were necessary to keep overall harvest levels within the limits set by the Pacific Fishery Management Council and to assure that enough adult chinook salmon survive to spawn.
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 /CONTACT: Steve Capps of the Department of Fish and Game's Conservation Education Office, 916-653-6420; or Mark Pisano, an associate fishery biologist with the Department of Fish and Game, 916-842-9419/


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