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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.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 24, 2017, 9:37 p.m.

Collapse at salmon farm renews concerns about fish farming

A net pen holding 305,000 farmed Atlantic salmon collapsed recently, releasing thousands of fish into Puget Sound and renewing concerns that a new proposed salmon-rearing operation could harm wild salmon …


Eclipse’s high tides break net, dump salmon

The public is being asked to help mop up a salmon spill from an imploded net holding 305,000 fish at a Cooke Aquaculture fish farm near Cypress Island.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 18, 2017, 11:07 a.m.

Washington seeks Supreme Court review of culvert ruling

Attorney General Bob Ferguson is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision by a federal appeals court that state officials say will require it to pay billions of …


Josh Mills: Bill would rubber-stamp salmon failure

H.R. 3144 would effectively overturn the court ruling and rubber-stamp the government’s previous inadequate and illegal plan.


Klickitat River has hedge against season’s grim fish run forecasts

The Klickitat River is a bright spot in the otherwise grim news of this year’s lagging steelhead and salmon runs, a veteran fishing guide says.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 10, 2017, 7:38 p.m.

Trump administration urged to avoid salmon protection rules

A group that represents farmers is calling the costs of saving imperiled salmon in the largest river system in the Pacific Northwest unsustainable and is turning to the Trump administration …


John Francisco: Legislation protects salmon and hydrosystem

Inland Power supports our legislators in their effort to save the dams and protect our natural, renewable and affordable energy source.


Salmon success subject of TV series

A Spokane production company has released a 13-episode television show detailing some of the successful efforts to improve salmon runs along the Columbia River and its tributaries.


UPDATED: Sat., July 8, 2017, 9:33 p.m.

More naturally flowing Columbia River would benefit region’s economy, tribes say

Allowing the Columbia to flow more like a natural river would benefit the region financially, bringing hundreds of millions of dollars in benefits to local communities, Northwest tribes say.


Study: Orcas’ failed pregnancies linked to scarce food

Improving salmon runs could help the endangered killer whales that frequent the inland waters of Washington, according to a new study that found the orcas cannot find enough fish to …


Lawmakers support angler fee to boost Columbia salmon

Legislation to extend for two additional years the special $8.75 fee to fish for salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River and its tributaries got strong support Wednesday and approval …