Tag Archives: Salmon

Scientists see improving ocean conditions off West Coast, but ‘we are not quite out of the woods yet’

Research surveys in 2018 showed promising signs of rebounding sea life after The Blob, an unprecedented warming event that began in 2014 off the West Coast. Ocean conditions are improving for salmon entering the ocean this year, several years after The Blob, an unusually warm water event that began forming in 2014, scientists announced Friday. […]
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Food Groups, Tribes Concerned Over Genetically Engineered Salmon 

Genetically engineered salmon are one step closer to winding up on store shelves, after the Food and Drug Administration lifted an import ban. That’s concerning to tribes, food groups and environmentalists. The new guidelines don’t require labeling the fish as “genetically engineered,” rather the labels will read “bioengineered.” The term is a little less loaded, said Amy van […]
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Fisheries Managers Face Mixed Forecast For Northwest Salmon, Concerns Over Endangered Orca 

About this time every year, the Pacific Northwest gets a report card from the natural world. It comes in the form of salmon run forecasts, and gives us an indication of how healthy the Pacific Ocean and our rivers and streams are. The grades are in, and here’s what you need to know about our scores. […]
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Young salmon could see improved conditions off Washington and Oregon coasts

Young salmon could see improved conditions this year off the Washington and Oregon coasts. The Seattle Times reports scientists in a conference call with reporters say the ocean is more hospitable for salmon entering the ocean, several years after an unusually warm water event. A marine heatwave dubbed “The Blob” disrupted the ocean food chain. […]
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Most Washington state salmon returns predicted to be worse than last year

A lean year for orcas and fishermen alike is expected, with poor salmon returns forecast for many species all over the state. Fisheries professionals are working to set fishing seasons on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border for the coming year. So far the news is grim, with salmon forecast to return at just fractions […]
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Dogs can eat these salmon 

Q: This is in regard to your story about fishing groups throwing salmon carcasses into Rogue Valley creeks as part of a “stream enrichment” program. Isn’t this really a dog-killing program? They’re putting hundreds of carcasses out there for dogs to eat and get poisons, right? A: Well, yes, the Oregon Department of Fish and […]
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A Federal Bird Kill in the Columbia River Did Nothing to Save Salmon

Oregon state biologists say the birds just moved upriver—possibly tripling the number of salmon each bird ate. The federal government killed thousands of double-crested cormorants living on a Columbia River island between 2015 and 2017 in an effort to help young salmon make it to the Pacific Ocean alive. But Oregon state biologists say the […]
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Washington state to regulate federal dams on Columbia, Snake to cool hot water, aid salmon 

Dams and climate change are the leading cause of high temperatures in the Columbia and Snake rivers that are killing salmon, according to an EPA draft analysis. Now the state wants to get involved. Summer temperatures in portions of the Columbia and Snake rivers are up by 1.5 degrees Celsius since 1960 because of the […]
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Dam cool idea? Washington seeks public input on plan to help salmon

Washington’s Department of Ecology is seeking public input for its plan to require federal dams to treat, clean, and cool water along the Snake and Columbia rivers in an effort to boost the salmon population. “That minute that water turns from ice or snow to liquid, we’ve got to look at what we can do […]
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To Help Fish, Orcas, Washington Plans To Increase Spill At Dams 

Washington officials are proposing more water be spilled at dams during fish migration. The hope is that this would also increase the amount of food for orcas in Puget Sound. In an effort to help imperiled salmon, Washington officials are proposing more water be spilled at dams during fish migration. The hope is that this […]
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