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Experts: Idaho hatchery built to save salmon is killing them

A relatively new $13.5 million hatchery intended to save Snake River sockeye salmon from extinction is instead killing thousands of fish before they ever get to the ocean, and fisheries biologists in Idaho think they know why.

Members of Congress urge protections for Alaska fishery

JUNEAU, Alaska – More than 40 U.S. House and Senate members have asked President Donald Trump to maintain protections for Alaska’s Bristol Bay region, which produces about half of the world’s sockeye salmon. The Democrats say a federal proposal to ease restrictions on mining in the area is egregious and illogical.

Imperiled Idaho sockeye salmon run falters with poor return

The number of imperiled Snake River sockeye salmon that made it back to central Idaho this year is the second worst in the last decade, officials said, but enough hatchery-raised fish exist to keep a state and federal recovery program going. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game said 159 of the federally protected fish arrived at the Sawtooth...

Imperiled Idaho sockeye salmon run falters with poor return

The number of imperiled Snake River sockeye salmon that made it back to central Idaho this year is the second worst in the past decade, officials said, but enough hatchery-raised fish exist to keep a state and federal recovery program going.

Sockeye fishing to open Tuesday on Hanford Reach

FISHING -- Suddenly sockeye anglers have a fishery starting Tuesday on the upper Columbia, with more to come. Here's the announcement just posted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Effective date:June 28 through Aug. 15, 2016 Species affected: Sockeye salmon. Area 1: Columbia...

First sockeye returns to Idaho, just one so far…

The first sockeye salmon of the season has returned to the Sawtooth Basin near Stanley, Idaho Fish & Game reports, arriving yesterday evening. Though it’s the only one so far, Idaho Fish & Game spokesman Roger Phillips says they’re not anticipating another “Lonesome Larry” situation,...

Snake River sockeye salmon recovery plan released

Federal authorities have released a final recovery plan for the Snake River’s sockeye salmon runs, which teetered on the brink of extinction in the 1990s. Only a handful of sockeye returned to spawn in central Idaho’s Redfish Lake during that decade. But through a hatchery program that worked to pass the wild salmon’s genetic fitness on to their offspring, more than 1,500 adult sockeye made the 900-mile journey from the Pacific Ocean to Redfish Lake last year. The count was the highest going back nearly six decades.

Bonneville Dam sockeye salmon run notches record

The growing abundance of sockeye salmon on the Columbia River reached a new milestone this week with passage of another record run at Bonneville Dam. It is the third record-breaking run in the past five years.