FISHERIES -- Good news for the progress of restoring native Snake River salmon runs: Forecasts completed last week predict 17,500 Snake River “wild” fall chinook salmon will return to the mouth of the Columbia. This is a stock protected under the Endangered Species Act.
A record run of 15,400 returned last year. T
the lowest return among records dating back to 1986 was just 772 wild fish in 1998.
In 2009, only 4,086 wild Snake River chinook returned to the mouth of the Columbia.
Read a detailed story in the Columbia Basin Bulletin.