SEATTLE (AP) — A Canadian company has applied for an exploratory gold and copper mining permit in the headwaters of the Skagit River, which flows from British Columbia and through northwest...
BELFAST, Maine (AP) — A Norwegian company that wants to build a large salmon farming operation in Maine says it's going to meet with the public next week to give residents an idea of the project's...
HASLETT, Mich. (AP) — Close to 10 million chinook and coho salmon swim in Lake Michigan, Lake Huron and Lake Superior.
There were none when Howard Tanner started as the chief of the Michigan...
SEATTLE (AP) — Young salmon entering the ocean could see improved ocean conditions off the Washington and Oregon coasts, according to federal scientists.
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. regulators on Friday gave the green light to salmon genetically modified to grow about twice as fast as normal, but the company behind it may face legal challenges before the...
Greenhouse disrupting food systems with aquaponics
NORTHFIELD, Wis. (AP) — Salmon aren't supposed to be swimming here.
The lettuce, spinach and other leafy greens also are out of place.
A 3-acre greenhouse, nearly twice the length of a...
Work continues on Salmon-Challis National Forest plan
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The Salmon-Challis National Forest is reaching the halfway point in the four-year process of developing a new forest management plan.
State agency seeks support for removing contaminated logs
SEATTLE (AP) — If the half-dozen people working with the Washington state Department of Natural Resources to clean up creosote pilings from Puget Sound worked non-stop every day, it would take 10...
Restrictions set for Kenai, Kasilof early-run king salmon
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Early-run king salmon in the Kenai River can be caught but not kept this summer.
The Anchorage Daily News reports the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is anticipating low returns and on Thursday announced restrictions for both the Kenai and Kasilof (kah-SEE-lawf) rivers.
Ambitious new plan to save Atlantic salmon has big price tag
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government outlined an ambitious, potentially costly new plan to restore Atlantic salmon in the United States, where rivers teemed with the fish before dams, pollution and overfishing decimated their populations.
Critics protest proposed drilling in Alaska’s Arctic refuge
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Protesters in Alaska urged federal officials to keep oil rigs out of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge despite a federal law requiring lease sales in the wilderness area.
At a Bureau of Land Management environmental review hearing in Anchorage, Laura Herman urged that no drilling be allowed because of the effects of extraction on the region and the long-term effects of burning the fossil fuel.
Anchorage hatchery looks to boost low king forecasts
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A hatchery at Ship Creek in Anchorage has had to look elsewhere for king salmon eggs to make up for expected shortages.
Anchorage television station KTUU reports Ship Creek is usually the primary source of eggs for programs at the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery.
Fish farm developers change course in permit process
BELFAST, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is asking a company seeking to build one of the world's largest salmon farms for more information on waste discharge plans.
Russia returns Alaska man who crossed Bering Sea in dinghy
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Anchorage man who attempted to sail from Alaska to China with a bucket of salmon bellies, bread, water and a jug of grape juice as provisions has been deported by officials in Russia, where he washed ashore five months ago.
It was the latest strange saga in the life of John Martin III.
Firm abandons plan to help endangered salmon in Maine river
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A plan to test the use of a new technology to help endangered salmon in a Maine river that is critical to their existence has been abandoned, at least for now.
Atlantic salmon return to very few rivers in the United States, and the most important of those is the Penobscot River in Maine, which is more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) long and runs inland from the state's mid-coast region.
Washington state to regulate federal dams to cool hot water
SEATTLE (AP) — A new draft analysis by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says dams and climate change are the leading cause of high temperatures in the Columbia and Snake rivers that are killing salmon.
Fish in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama on ‘threatened’ list
Federal officials have given "threatened" status to a fish that's smaller than your little finger but swims upstream to spawn like salmon.
The trispot darter is found in parts of the Coosa River Basin in southeastern Tennessee, northern Georgia, and northern Alabama.
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Michigan agency stocked 1.1M fish in waterways last fall
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says it stocked more than 1.1 million fish in waters around the state last fall.
The fish were released at 153 locations . Combined with earlier efforts in the spring and summer, the department says the total number of fish stocked last year topped 22 million.
Idaho fisheries forecast poor for chinook salmon season
LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — An early forecast by fisheries managers in Idaho indicates a poor outlook for the upcoming chinook salmon season.
A group of federal, state and tribal fisheries managers predicts just over 48,000 spring chinook will return to the mouth of the Snake River, the Lewiston Tribune reported .
Low Greenland salmon harvest good news for fish, group says
ST. ANDREWS, New Brunswick (AP) — A Canadian conservation group says a drop in the harvest of Atlantic salmon by Greenland's fishermen is good news for the species.
Atlantic salmon are considered endangered by the U.S. government, and only consistently return to a handful of American rivers, all of which are in Maine. Environmental groups such as the New Brunswick-based Atlantic Salmon Federation say one of the major threats to the fish is fishing harvest off of Greenland.
Scientists ID another possible threat to orcas: pink salmon
SEATTLE (AP) — Over the years, scientists have identified dams, pollution and vessel noise as causes of the troubling decline of the Pacific Northwest's resident killer whales. Now, they may have found a new and more surprising culprit: pink salmon.
Governor’s report: Salmon runs not improving despite efforts
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A new Washington state report says that despite two decades of recovery efforts, some salmon runs still declining.
Maine salmon farm builder pushes back at resident’s appeal
BELFAST, Maine (AP) — The developer of a salmon farm in Maine is locked in a dispute with a resident who is seeking to forestall the project.
Alaska restricts king salmon fishing in northern Cook Inlet
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — State fisheries officials have closed commercial and sport fishing for chinook salmon in northern Cook Inlet for 2019.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game on Monday also announced restrictions for subsistence fishing of chinooks, also known as king salmon.
The department is restricting fishing to conserve weak stocks. Many streams have failed to see sufficient salmon return to meet department goals.
Large Maine salmon farm to prioritize sustainability
BELFAST, Maine (AP) — The architects of a large salmon farm planned for coastal Maine say they will seek a sustainability certification once the facility is up and running.
Nordic Aquafarms plans to build an inland salmon farm capable of producing more than 60 million pounds of fish per year in Belfast. It has called the project one of the largest of its kind.
Biologists seek cause of Lake Champlain salmon decline
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Biologists are trying to determine whether a warm, dry fall is responsible for a drop in the number of landlocked Atlantic salmon that swam up a Lake Champlain tributary in Vermont to spawn this fall or if there could be other reasons behind a five-year decline.
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Washington to release chinook fry after power outage
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Up to 2.75 million fall chinook salmon fry are headed to the Minter Creek Hatchery in Pierce County in an effort to replace salmon lost during a Dec. 14 power outage at the facility.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife received approval Friday from NOAA Fisheries to use excess chinook from six other hatcheries for release from Minter Creek and Tumwater Falls next May and June.
WDFW Director Kelly Susewind said several tribal co-managers have agreed to the transfer.
Bald eagles return to Lake Coeur d’Alene for salmon spawn
LAKE COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — Scores of eagles are back at Lake Coeur d'Alene.
The Spokesman-Review reports migrating bald eagles stop every year at the lake from November to February to catch spawning kokanee salmon.
Federal program pays $1.4 million to pikeminnow anglers
SEATTLE (AP) — A program that pays anglers to catch a predator that eats young salmon and steelhead resulted in more than 180,000 northern pikeminnows being caught and killed in the Columbia and Snake rivers this year, federal officials say.
The anglers were paid $1.4 million for catching northern pikeminnows from May 1 through Sept. 30, the Bonneville Power Administration announced Friday in a news release.
Power outage causes death of 6.2M chinook salmon fry
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — State officials say more than 6.2 million chinook salmon fry died last week when strong winds caused a power outage at a state hatchery in Gig Harbor.
The News Tribune reports the fish were kept in incubators at the Minter Creek Hatchery. Some were being raised to help provide more food for endangered orcas, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Groups: US must consider how salmon fishing hurts orcas
SEATTLE (AP) — The federal government is violating the Endangered Species Act by failing to consider how salmon fishing off the West Coast is affecting endangered killer whales, two conservation groups said Tuesday as they threatened a lawsuit.
Officials: 360,000 spring chinook die at aging fish hatchery
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — Oregon wildlife officials say 360,000 young salmon and eggs have died at a western Oregon fish hatchery.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in a news release Friday says the spring chinook died at the aging Cole Rivers Hatchery due to not getting enough oxygen.
Officials say a buildup of algae and failing equipment allowed silt and debris into the hatchery's water supply.
‘Wild’ salmon may be straight from the farm, NY report finds
NEW YORK (AP) — That wild sockeye salmon in the refrigerated aisle may be straight from the fish farm, New York's attorney general said in a report released Friday.
The report from Attorney General Barbara Underwood found that more than one-fourth of the seafood her office sampled in a statewide supermarket survey was mislabeled, typically as a more expensive or more sustainably fished species.
Washington governor proposes major steps for orca recovery
SEATTLE (AP) — With scientists warning that the Northwest's beloved killer whales are on the brink of extinction, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced dramatic plans Thursday to help the population recover — including $1.1 billion in spending and a partial whale-watching ban.
"We are undertaking a herculean effort to save these iconic creatures," Inslee said in a prepared statement. "It will take action at every level of the environment across our entire state."
The Latest: Inslee proposes $1.1B to help starving orcas
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Latest on Gov. Jay Inslee's budget announcement (all times local):
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is proposing $1.1 billion in spending — and a partial whale-watching ban — to help support the recovery of Puget Sound's critically endangered orcas.
The Latest: Board votes to increase San Joaquin River flows
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a California water board considering a plan to boost water flows on the San Joaquin River (all times local):
A California water board has adopted a contentious plan to revive dwindling salmon populations by boosting flows through a Central California river and its tributaries.
The State Water Resources Control Board adopted the plan on Wednesday over the opposition of water districts serving the state's agricultural heartland.
California water board backs plan to increase river flows
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A state board on Wednesday approved a contentious proposal to boost water flows through a Central California river, a move that would increase habitat for salmon but deliver less water to farmers and cities such as San Francisco.
The plan under consideration by the Water Resources Control Board would alter management of the Lower San Joaquin River and three tributaries to address what environmental groups say is a crisis in the delta that empties into San Francisco Bay.
Congress OKs bill to allow killing sea lions to help salmon
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Congress has agreed to make it easier to kill sea lions threatening fragile runs of salmon in the Northwest.
Senate passes bill making it easier to kill sea lions
SEATTLE (AP) — A bill that would make it easier to kill sea lions that feast on imperiled salmon in the Columbia River has cleared the U.S. Senate.
State wildlife managers say rebounding numbers of sea lions are eating more salmon than ever and their appetites are undermining billions of dollars of investments to restore endangered fish runs.
Alaska mine project launches postelection outreach campaign
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The company behind a proposed copper and gold mine near a major salmon fishery in southwest Alaska has launched a new marketing campaign after voters defeated a ballot measure aimed at protecting salmon habitat and elected a Republican governor.
Oregon gets OK to kill sea lions at Willamette Falls
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon wildlife managers on Thursday received federal approval to trap and kill California sea lions that eat protected fish.
The National Marine Fisheries Service approved the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's request to trap and euthanize up to 93 animals a year on the lower Willamette River.
Idaho utility’s lawsuit against EPA involving salmon on hold
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A lawsuit by an Idaho utility against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning water temperature standards below a hydroelectric project where federally protected fall chinook salmon reproduce has been put on hold.
A U.S. District Court judge last week agreed to stay the lawsuit by Idaho Power against the EPA while the federal agency works to complete tasks requested by the state of Idaho in 2012.
Alaska fishermen sentenced for killing endangered sea lions
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska salmon boat skipper who killed endangered Steller sea lions with a shotgun and hindered an investigation has been fined $20,000 in federal court.
Jon Nichols, 31, of Cordova, was sentenced Tuesday to five years' probation, three months of home confinement and 400 hours of community service.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah Smith also ordered Nichols to publicly apologize in a national commercial fishing magazine.
Alaska voters defeat initiative aimed at protecting salmon
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska voters have defeated a ballot measure aimed at protecting salmon habitat when permitting state projects. Critics said the measure was far-reaching and could have a chilling effect on development.
An opposition group comprised of resource development companies, Alaska Native corporations and others raised about $12 million to fight the measure. The group backing the initiative raised a fraction of that.
Giant Maine salmon farm seeks first of many needed permits
BELFAST, Maine (AP) — A Norwegian company that is looking to build a major salmon farming operation in Maine has filed an application with the state for a key permit it needs for the project.
Nordic Aquafarms wants to build the farm in Belfast. It would be an inland farm capable of producing more than 60 million pounds of fish per year.
Maine to raise funds for salmon recovery with new program
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is launching a new program to help pay for conservation work that benefits Atlantic salmon with money from fees for road and bridge projects.
Salmon were once abundant in the rivers of New England, but they are now listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act after years of habitat loss and overfishing. The Atlantic Salmon Restoration and Conservation Program can help support the fish's recovery, the Maine Department of Marine Resources said.
Alaska salmon stakeholders divided on ballot initiative
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska salmon stakeholders are split on a ballot initiative that aims to strengthen state law protecting salmon habitat.
UMaine team gets help in battle with salmon-ruining lice
ORONO, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine is getting a boost from the federal government for a pair of aquaculture projects, one of which addresses a pest problem in worldwide salmon farming.
The money is coming from NOAA Sea Grant, which supports fishery and coastal projects. The university says three researchers at its Aquaculture Research Institute will receive more than $700,000 to work on new approaches to address sea lice in salmon operations.