Salmon

Alaska Supreme Court orders parts of salmon initiative cut

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)JUNEAU, Alaska — The Alaska Supreme Court ordered that portions of an initiative aimed at protecting salmon be stricken as unconstitutional but decided that the rest of the measure can advance to the fall ballot. In a written order, the court said the problematic parts would bar the state Fish and Game commissioner from granting a…

In Oregon, Corps wants to remove cormorant eggs to support salmon

ASTORIA, Ore. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wants to remove 500 eggs from double-crested cormorant nests as part of a long-term management plan to protect juvenile salmon being eaten by the cormorants in the Columbia River. The Corps is in the fourth year of a five-year plan to cut the cormorant population on East Sand Island at the…

Center embracing social impact of Alaska salmon

KENAI, Alaska — The University of Alaska is diving into broad social issues tied to salmon, with the hope of finding solutions to longstanding conflicts and future challenges. The University of Alaska Fairbanks’ College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences is launching the Alaska Center for Salmon and Society, focused on engagement, research and education. That includes a broad range of…

Report: In Alaska, hatchery salmon harvest low as wild stocks return

KODIAK, Alaska — Hatchery-produced salmon accounted for 21 percent of Alaska’s commercial harvest last year, the lowest percentage since 1995, according to a state report. The report by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game found that the smaller catch of hatchery salmon was due to the strong return of wild salmon last year, the Kodiak Daily Mirror reported. The…

Initiative to protect Alaska salmon habitat on track to make ballot

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)JUNEAU, Alaska — The Alaska Division of Elections says an initiative aimed at protecting salmon habitat has cleared a significant hurdle on its track to making a November state election ballot. The Juneau Empire reports that the division recently said it is currently reviewing each of Stand for Salmon’s 43,706 signatures. To pass the review,…

Idaho utility continues bid to negate Oregon fish law

BOISE, Idaho — An Idaho utility is challenging a decision by federal regulators rejecting its request to negate an Oregon law requiring fish passage as part of relicensing for a hydroelectric project on the Snake River. Idaho Power on Friday petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to review the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s decision…

Massive fish escape over summer prompts cancellation of salmon farm lease

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)SEATTLE — Washington state officials have canceled an Atlantic salmon farm lease belonging to a company that also operates another salmon farm where more than 160,000 adult fish escaped into the Puget Sound last summer. Public Lands State Commissioner Hilary Franz says the decision is final with no room for negotiation, The Seattle Times reported in…

Tribe: Anglers have caught about 20,000 escaped salmon

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — A Native American tribe says its anglers have caught about 20,000 fish following the collapse of a commercial net pen rearing farmed Atlantic salmon in Puget Sound. The Lummi Nation said its fishermen have brought in about 200,000 pounds of the non-native species since the tribe declared a state of emergency Thursday. Cooke Aquaculture’s marine salmon farm…

Washington state halts salmon farm permits after fish escape

Fishing quality in 2018 was particularly good for Chinook salmon and brown trout. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)SEATTLE — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has directed the Department of Ecology to put on hold any new permits for salmon farm net pens after thousands of Atlantic salmon escaped earlier this month. State officials also announced the formation of a response…

Government urged to avoid salmon protection rules

The Columbia-Snake River Irrigators Association wants the government to convene a Cabinet-level committee with the power to allow exemptions to the Endangered Species Act. Known as the “God squad” because its decisions can lead to extinctions of threatened wildlife, it has only gathered three times – the last 25 years ago during a controversy over spotted owl habitat in the Northwest.