Salmon in the media
Desperate efforts to save the whales – and the Chinook salmon on which they depend – risk fishing communities losing a way of life. Read more.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is asking for public input on the controversial Pebble Mine Project. Read more
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
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