Salmon in the media

To fix salmon streams, leave it to beavers

At the height of the fur trade in the mid-1800s, Washington beavers were being trapped and killed for their pelts by the thousands. Now they’ve rebounded into the suburbs and even golf courses, but the big rodents aren’t always welcome. Read more

Canada's salmon hold the key to saving its killer whales

Desperate efforts to save the whales – and the Chinook salmon on which they depend – risk fishing communities losing a way of life. Read more.

Unprecedented sea lice infestation could help answer question of risk to B.C.'s wild salmon

The scales on an Atlantic salmon glitter in the misty morning light as it’s plucked from a fish farm pen. The full-sized fish strains the net with acrobatic flips until it’s released into water in a white plastic container. Read more.

Something's killing coho salmon in Seattle. Car tires a prime suspect.

When autumn rains return to western Washington, so do coho salmon. But in many of the creeks they swim up, something in the water leaves fishes gasping for air. They die quickly, before they manage to spawn. Read more.

Sport and personal-use fishing closes on the Copper and Chitina rivers

There’s more bad news for dip-netters and sport anglers in Southchentral Alaska.  The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced Wednesday that it will close the Chitina River to dip-netting due to this year’s abysmal sockeye return to the Copper River. Read more

'This will be a big deal deal for people who fish for trout'

Salmon and trout anglers across the Pacific Northwest are going to have fewer places to fish over the next 40 years, concludes a new study published this month.  Read more

Raising millions of salmon to help feed our Southern Resident orcas

A light rain is falling onto the Clear Creek Fish Hatchery, as a noisy trailer parked between two concrete holding ponds sounds into the forested landscape on JBLM land.  Read more

Washington's Inslee signs salmon pen ban into law

As expected, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed the bipartisan bill passed by the state Legislature early this month that phases out Atlnatic salmon net pens by 2025. Read more

The largest Pacific salmon are vanishing. Are killer whales the cause?

Famed Chinook salmon are getting smaller, according to a new study analyzing 40 years of data.  The research feeds a debate over who or what is shrinking the salmon – people or other predators – and what it means for efforts to save both endangered fish and marine mammals. Read more

In reversal, EPA deals setback to controversial gold mining proposal in Alaska

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced late Friday that he will not scrap the agency’s 2014 determination that a large-scale mining operation could irreparably harm Alaska’s Bristol Bay water­shed. Read more

Diversification key to resilient fishing communities

Fishing communities can survive ― and even thrive ― as fish abundance and market prices shift if they can catch a variety of species and nimbly move from one fishery to the next. Read more

Dam good! Beavers may restore imperiled streams, fish populations

Utah State University scientists report a watershed-scale experiment in highly degraded streams within Oregon’s John Day Basin demonstrated building beaer dam analogs allows beaer to increase their dam buidling activities, which benefits a threatened population of steelhead trout. Read more

Salmon face warming waters, changes to El Niño patterns in fight for survival on West Coast

It’s not easy to be a salmon on the West Coast these days. From California to Alaska, record high temperatures and low snowmelt are affecting the species’ survival in their freshwater habitats. Now, new research finds changes in the climate patterns associated with El Niño have shifted and are affecting productivity. Read more

Pinks are out-competing sockeye salmon for food at sea, report says

Growing numbers of pink salmon are out competing sockeyes for food in the ocean, ausing the reds to grow slower and smaller.  That’s the claim of a new study by Seattle and British Columbia researchers, who say the race for food ultimately affects sockeye abundance and survival. Read more

While 'not a doom-and-gloom outlook,' study says warming poses challenges for Alaska salmon

Changing climate is altering rain and snowfall patterns that affect Alaska waters salmon call home, for better or worse. A just-released study details the potential changes for Southeast Alaska.  Read more

Salmon are shrinking and it shows in their genes

The gene version that tells salmon to mature at a later age and thus grow bigger is becoming less common, while the version that urges them to hurry up and get on with it is getting more prevalent. Behold evolution in action. Read more.

Flinging fish for science

How a ‘what if’ question incentivized a University of Washington professor to lead 200 researchers in throwing 600,000 pounds of salmon onto a small Alaskan riverbank over 20 years. Read more.

Alaska voters strike down ‘Stand for Salmon’ ballot initiative

Following months of intense debate and millions of dollars in campaign spending, Alaska voters defeated Ballot Measure 1 by a wide margin. Commonly known as the Stand for Salmon initiative, the measure was aimed at increasing protections for Alaska’s most iconic fish. Read more.

Corps of Engineers extends Pebble scoping period

Stakeholders who want to weigh in on the potential impacts of the Pebble mine project will have two more months to do so.  Read more

Major Pebble Mine investor pulls out, jeopardizing controversial Alaska project

The major financial investor in the Pebble Mine project has pulled out, Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. announced Friday, dealing a serious blow to the firm’s plan to build a controversial gold and copper mine near rich salmon fishing grounds at Alaska’s Bristol Bay.  Read more

8 months after farmed-fish escape, lively Atlantic salmon caught 40 miles upriver

Upper Skagit tribal fishermen caught an Atlantic salmon in the Skagit River, 8 months afte the net-pen break at Cypress Island, which freed 300,000 Atantics. Read more

Commercial fishermen hit hard by king cuts

Net and troll fishermen will split a Chinook pot nearly 40 percent smaller than last year, ADFG announces.   Read more

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to take public comment on proposed Pebble Mine in April

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is asking for public input on the controversial Pebble Mine Project.   Read more

State puts hold on new pens for farmed Atlantic salmon after mass escape in Puget Sound

A planned expansion of Atlantic salmon net-pen operations in the Strait of Juan de Fuca is on hold and no new operations will be allowed under a permit moratorium imposed after a mass escape of farmed salmon. Read more

Winter salmon in hot water

A narrow band of orange on the horizon spreads into a gradient of pinks and purples as fish biologist Bill Poytress takes a boat out on the water. The broad but shallow Sacramento River is swollen from winter storms and milky-brown with dirt and debris. Read more

What’s destabilizing B.C.’s wild salmon stocks?

A paper published in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences in January 2017 by Ricardo Amoroso, Michael Tillotson and Ray Hilborn estimates that one in four salmon in the Pacific Ocean originates in hatcheries. Read more

Ocean changes are affecting salmon biodiversity and survival

The biodiversity of two Northern Pacific salmon species may be at risk due to changes in ocean conditions at the equator, reports a study by the University of California, Davis.  Read more

More bad news for B.C.’s wild sockeye

Nations around the Pacific Ocean may have to cap the number of hatchery salmon they release if sockeye salmon runs are to return to sustainable levels, according to a new study.  Read more