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‘We’re losing’ sea lion fight

Just as crews from the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission have for a number of years, Walsey, Bobby Begay and Reggie Sargeant patrolled the river just below Bonneville Dam on …


UPDATED: Mon., April 2, 2018, 3:57 p.m.

Court OKs boosting water spill to aid fish at Northwest dams

A U.S. appeals court on Monday affirmed an order to spill more water over Columbia and Snake river dams to help protect salmon and steelhead and aid their migration to …


UPDATED: Sun., April 1, 2018, 11:15 a.m.

From farms to salmon swamps in Svensen

Clatsop County and three private property owners along Bear, Mary’s and Ferris creeks, all tributaries of the slough, have partnered with the Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce and Bonneville Power …


Poll shows Washington voters choose salmon over dams

The majority of Washington voters would rather see an increased wild salmon run than preserve four lower Snake River Dams, according to a


Idaho tribes want fish passage above Snake River dams, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes

BOISE – Two southeastern Idaho tribes are seeking to intervene in a utility’s attempt to negate an Oregon law requiring fish passage as part of relicensing for a hydroelectric project …


Environmental groups sue over survival of steelhead, chinook

Three environmental groups are suing the federal government over the decline in wild salmon and steelhead in the Upper Willamette watershed.


No more ‘Kings of the Columbia’: Chinook salmon much smaller, younger these days, study finds

They used to tip the scales at 80 pounds: June Hogs they were called. The kings of the Columbia River. But the big chinook that used to lumber up and …


State lawmakers look to phase Atlantic salmon net pens out of Puget Sound

Senate votes to phase out net pens with non-native species and Inslee says he supports the move.


State cancels lease at site of salmon net-pen collapse

Washington state officials on Sunday canceled a lease with Cooke Aquaculture Pacific at the site where net pens holding farmed Atlantic salmon collapsed last summer, releasing thousands of non-native fish …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 30, 2018, 6:40 p.m.

Major U.S. salmon producer fined $332K for farmed fish escape

The largest U.S. producer of farmed Atlantic salmon was fined $332,000 on Tuesday for alleged violations of Washington state water quality laws after hundreds of thousands of invasive Atlantic salmon …


Lawsuit: Sawtooth Valley water diversions harming salmon

Nearly two dozen water diversion projects in central Idaho’s Sawtooth Valley are harming federally protected salmon, steelhead and bull trout, an environmental group said in a lawsuit.


Industry makes pitch to keep net pens

Aquaculture companies that raise Atlantic salmon in the Puget Sound made an impassioned plea Thursday to keep their net pens and the jobs they support but critics say it’s time …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, 8:40 p.m.

Justices to hear Washington appeal of salmon habitat order

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear Washington state’s culvert case this year, heating up a 17-year legal battle over the state’s duty to protect and restore salmon habitat as part …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, 10:47 p.m.

Washington could end net pens for fish by 2024

Bill calls for extensive study of fish raised in net pens, could end the practice by 2024.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 11, 2018, 9:46 a.m.

WSU researchers discover shrinking gene pool among Chinook salmon populations

As Chinook salmon populations declined across the Pacific Northwest, scientists suspected the fish lost a great deal of genetic diversity, too. But until recently, the theory hadn’t been tested.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018, 1:57 p.m.

Judge approves plan to release more water over federal dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers

A United States District judge approved a plan on Monday to release more water over federal dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 9, 2018, 10:44 a.m.

Judge OKs plan to boost spill at Columbia and Snake dams

A federal judge has signed off on a plan to spill more water over Columbia and Snake river dams to help protect salmon and steelhead.


Stagnant air causing health concerns in Salmon area

Idaho officials say air quality is in the unhealthy range in the east-central Idaho town of Salmon and surrounding area due to stagnant air that has elevated pollutant levels.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 12, 2017, 10:22 a.m.

Negotiations to start next year on updating the Columbia River Treaty

Negotiations over the future of the Columbia River Treaty will start early next year between the U.S. and Canada. Changes to the treaty could impact Northwest electric rates, salmon survival …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 6, 2017, 9:39 p.m.

Inslee opposes House bill on Snake River dams and salmon

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is opposed to a bill introduced by Republican U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers that would reduce spill over Columbia and Snake river dams, and prevent the …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 20, 2017, 9:49 p.m.

Documentary on canoe journey to Kettle Falls coming to Garland Theater

A documentary on the Upper Columbia tribes’ 2016 canoe journey to Kettle Falls will be shown Thursday at the Garland Theater.


1 million Atlantic salmon smolts headed to Puget Sound pens over state’s objections

State officials ask fish farming company to keep new salmon smolts out of the Puget Sound, but company says no.


Hanford Reach catch rate up slightly

The fishing wasn’t red hot, but anglers averaged 22 hours per chinook for 1.3 salmon per boat on the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River last week. Fishing pressure was …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 23, 2017, 11:49 a.m.

Surplus hatchery salmon released into northern Idaho creek

More than 100 spring chinook salmon not needed at a northern Idaho hatchery have been released into a creek to spawn naturally.


Literally lousy: Parasite plagues world salmon industry

A surge of parasitic sea lice is disrupting salmon farms around the world. The tiny lice attach themselves to salmon and feed on them, killing or rendering them unsuitable for …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 17, 2017, 9:01 p.m.

Warm waters off West Coast have lingering effects for salmon

The mass of warm water known as “the blob” that heated up the North Pacific Ocean has dissipated.


Salmon advocates take to the water to call for dam breaching

Hundreds of salmon advocates launched dozens of boats on the Snake River here Saturday in what has become an annual event to show support for breaching the four lower Snake …


Outside View: Culvert ruling needs legal clarification

If the ruling is allowed to stand, it would expand tribal authority to an unreasonable extent.


Washington changes status of Snake River steelhead

The Snake River in Washington will move to catch-and-release-only fishing starting Saturday and lasting through the season, according to an emergency rule change posted on the Washington Department of Fish …


Group to sue after farmed salmon spill into Puget Sound

A conservation group plans to sue after net pens at a salmon farm in Washington state collapsed, spilling thousands of Atlantic salmon into Puget Sound.