Canoe Journey Parallels Tribal Efforts to Return Salmon to Upper Columbia

Upper Columbia River tribes finished an eight-day journey Saturday that traced the route salmon haven’t run for 80 years. That afternoon, ten canoes paddled by members of five tribes rounded the route’s final bend, their boats gliding high above the submerged falls that were, for millennia, one of the most important fishing spots in the region.

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No Changes to Dams Now for Threatened Salmon, Judge Rules

Operations of the 13 dams along the Willamette River are making it harder for threatened salmon to survive, according to federal judge who ruled Wednesday that there is no need to force the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to change operations now because the case will require any needed changes in the next year or two.

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Salmon Fishing Rules Do Not Include Provisions for Endangered Whales

The number of salmon that can be fished out of the ocean this year will be similar to last year’s allowance, according to draft rules adopted Monday by the Pacific Fishery Management Council, which did not make any adjustments to the allowance based on the number of salmon that endangered Southern Resident killer whales need to eat.

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Oregon: Federal Plan to Save Salmon by Killing Birds Backfired

The federal government killed thousands of double-crested cormorants in Oregon between 2015 and 2017, and may have caused the collapse of the birds’ largest breeding colony in a bungled effort to help young salmon make it to the ocean alive. Meanwhile, state biologists say the birds just moved upriver – and eat three times more salmon.

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Plan to Save Orcas Hashed Out, but Will It Be Enough?

Three dozen potential actions intended to prevent the extinction of Southern Resident killer whales have hit the desk of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, but a key member of the group behind the plan says the one action strong enough to give the whales a good chance at survival was too politically charged to make the list.

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GOP Witnesses Dispute Science at Hearing Over Dam Removal

The House Committee on Natural Resources vowed to fight growing public calls to remove the four dams along the Snake River in Idaho, after hearing testimony from those who say the dams are the “economic lifeblood” of the Pacific Northwest and claim their removal would do nothing to benefit imperiled salmon.

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