Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on May 9, 1993 · Page 2
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2 — SUNDAY, MAY 9, 1993 -THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL- Fort Bragg salmon fishermen hardest hit in season cutbacks By CHRIS CALDER for Th* Journal Of all West Coast salmon ports, Fort Bragg alone actually got less fishing time than expected following the Department of Commerce's May 1 ruling setting the 1993 commercial salmon season. How that late change was made provides a glimpse at the combination of math and guessing the government uses to try to cope with a failing salmon fishery. The National Marine Fisheries Service provides the government scientists who came up with the official reasoning for the decision to leave more fish in the Klamath River than previously planned, and take the difference out of the ocean catch allow- County trash plan ready for final review By K.C. MEADOWS Journal staff writer What may well be the final version of an inch-thick document which will guide Mendocino County's recycling efforts is ready ior public scrutiny. The plan has the long official name of "Source Reduction and Recycling Element and Household Hazardous Waste Element." and is the result of an effort which began in 1990 and is still behind schedule. The documents outline what Mendocino County is going to do to comply with a state law — AB 939 — which was passed in 1989 and required all local governments in California to cut down on the amount of garbage they produce. AB 939 says that by the year 2000, all cities and counties in the state will cut the amount of garbage they make by half. They can do it in three ways: by recycling, by "source reduction" which means people create less garbage overall and by composting. By 1995, all these cities and counties must at least have cut garbage by 25 percent. According to the final draft document, Ukiah and Fort Bragg have already met the 25 percent cut in garbage and Willits is at 23.4 percent The county's garbage cutting effort is at 20.3 percent. If the plan goes forward, all three cities will be; at-the 50 percent reduction mark" by 1995' and the county will be clow;-with a projected 47 percent cuiTih garbage. If they follow the plan, all three cities and the county are projected to be comfortably within the bounds of the law by the year 2000. The plan provides a schedule of changes in the way we do things. Some of them are familiar to people in Ukiah, like providing 10-gallon garbage can service for all routes. Some are an expansion of programs available in the cities, such as getting curbside recycling out to the remote areas of the county. Others are more far-reaching like trying composting commercial food wastes with yard wastes. The plan being distributed as a final draft is largely the same plan that was distributed as a preliminary draft The preliminary draft was adopted by the three cities and the county in 1992, with the City of Willits going first on May 13, and the county going last on Dec. 8. The garbage plan was ordered by the Mendocino Solid Waste Management Authority which is made up of the cities of Willits, Ukiah and Fort Bragg and Mendocino County. The document out now will need to be approved, or changed and approved, by the three cities and the county as quickly as possible. The final plan was supposed to be in place in July 1992. Applications accepted for leadership class Leadership Mendocino, a program designed to develop future leaders for Mendocino County, is accepting applications for adults interested in being a part of the 1993-94 class. Leadership Mendocino is an education and networking class which meets for one day each month, starting in September. The first Leadership Mendocino class has been meeting since September 1992, and the 25 class members will complete the program and graduate June 18. Applications are available at the Ukiah, Willits, and Mendocino Coast Chambers of Commerce. Completed applications must be returned to the Greater Ukiah Chamber of Commerce, 495 E. Perkins, by Friday, June 25. Potential candidates will be interviewed the week of July 5-9. For more information, call Leadership Mendocino Director Betsy Thomsen at 4624705. ed Fort Bragg. Gary Matlock, fisheries service acting division director, said this week that Fort Bragg was singled out because canceling the area's one-week fishing stint in early May would leave the Pacific Fisheries Management Council more leeway to allow fishing later in the season — most likely in places other than Fort Bragg. On Monday, that council will convene by telephone and reduce the west coast salmon catch further. Shutting down Fort Bragg's August or September fishery is a distinct possibility, according to management council staffperson Larry Six. Commerce Secretary Ron Brown's decision to increase the number of fish allowed the Klamath River tribes, and the number of fish allowed to leave the Klamath for ocean waters, mean about 4,100 more Chinook must be left in the river, Matlock said. The way the government calculates, he continued, fishermen need to leave 10 to 15 salmon in the ocean to save one fish in the river. Therefore, between 41,000 and 62,000 chinook salmon will be placed off-limits by the council's May 10 decision. The reason in-stream restrictions have such a large effect on the ocean fishery, Matlock said, is that the farther away a fish gets from the river where it spawns, the greater chance there is that it won't return. So, to protect fish in all the far-flung parts of the Klamath Management Zone, which stretches from Southern Oregon to Point Arena, restrictions on ocean fishing must be many times more severe than those placed on fishing in the rivers. In recent years, the government has consistently over-estimated the number of salmon returning to the Klamath River. Regulators have reacted by expanding the Klamath Fishery Management Zone several times, so that it now spans almost the entire North Coast of California, and well into Oregon. That style of management has led fishermen to complain that the government is trying to protect endangered fish — and cover up its past failures — by restricting catches in areas where those fish are almost never found. The main example they use, is trying to protect Klamath River fish by shutting down the Noyo fishery, miles to the south. Fishermen say Pacific- Northwest salmon typically migrate north from their spawning rivers, making it even less likely that Klamath fish would be caught off Fort Bragg. Matlock conceded that actually catching a Klamath River chinook salmon near Fort Bragg is a rare event. 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