King County has funded a new study to examine how wastewater pollutants from the county impact salmon and orcas. Pollutants from our roads and drains end up in stormwater runoff — and now scientists are looking for more information on how these pollutants impact juvenile salmon. Read more about the research HERE.
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A plan to divert water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta jeopardizes already endangered salmon populations. NOAA Fisheries biologists and environmental groups are fighting to protect the water source and the fish who call the threatened delta home. Learn more HERE.
A member of the Cowichan Tribes discovered a hybrid salmon while tagging fish on Vancouver Island! The salmon was verified to be a second generation coho/chinook hybrid. Learn more about the discovery and what could have caused it HERE.
During their final meeting on 10/07/19, the Governor’s Orca Task Force added 13 new recommendations for saving the Southern Resident Killer Whales. The task force discusses salmon habitat restoration and storm water runoff as just some of the ways to support salmon populations. Read More HERE.
Blue River, Oregon Salmon Return to Oregon River by the Hundreds to Spawn After $2M Restoration Project Blue River, Oregon has had a lack of salmon for the past 50 years. But today — thanks to a $2 million restoration project completed two years ago, the chinook are returning! Experts have […]
The salmon cannon is not a new invention, but the internet is just now grabbing a hold of it. Check out the CNN article here to see some of the reactions online. Keep an eye on the FISH Facebook page for updates on the salmon cannon and how it’s being used to transport salmon to […]
“Environmental changes, habitat degradation and international fishing pressure contributed to the fall in the eight stocks, NOAA said in a statement.” Learn more here.
“Bristol Bay is approaching the record for sockeye salmon harvest once again. As of July 21, fishermen in Bristol Bay’s five districts had harvested just more than 42 million salmon.” Read more here.
Canadian officials are getting creative with solutions to get spawning salmon past a 16FT waterfall. Big Bar experienced a massive landslide resulting in the huge barrier for returning salmon populations. Officials are planning to airlift the salmon over the obstruction so that they can successfully spawn. Read about their plan here.
New technology is helping to remove deadly “ghost nets” that have been lost in the depths of Puget Sound. It is part of an effort that saves millions of animals every year, but managers say better reporting of these lost nets by fishermen is still needed. Read more at the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) plans to strategically release an additional 50 million chinook from its hatcheries this year to benefit starving southern resident orcas. “Opponents of the proposal argue that we must choose between having hatchery fish or having wild salmon, when the truth is, we need both.” From Northwest Treaty […]
While some consider them a nuisance, beaver activity can be immensely beneficial to healthy salmon habitat. Read the full story at Business Insider.
“An ample buffet of freshwater food, brought on by climate change, is altering the life history of one of the world’s most important salmon species.” Read the full story at UW News.