Old Tradition May Be Key to Saving Salmon – and Fishermen

In 2017, just 517 native steelhead made their way from the ocean, up the Columbia River and back to Willamette Falls, according to data from the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife – the worst year on record. Meanwhile, hatcheries release 63 million fish every year that compete with the wild fish and need to be caught. Separating the proverbial wheat from the chaff, some believe, necessitates lifting the 83-year-old ban on fish traps.

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