SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill that provides $750,000 to study how to best help impacted communities if the four federal dams on the Snake River are breached.
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A dam that diverts river water to Washington state's Lake Whatcom will be removed next year as part of a project that aims to restore salmon habitat.
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed several bills Wednesday designed to help the Pacific Northwest's endangered orcas, measures that he said gave him hope the species might be...
BELFAST, Maine (AP) — A company that wants to build a large, land-based salmon farm in coastal Maine has run into potential lease trouble, and opponents are hopeful it derails the...
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — More California sea lions preying on imperiled salmon in the Columbia River below a hydroelectric project on the Oregon-Washington border are being killed under a revised...
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington faces a federal court order to fix under-roadway pipes that block migrating fish by 2030, but a budget passed by lawmakers puts the state at risk of missing the deadline...
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A salmon-farming company has agreed to pay $332,000 in fines after one of its floating pens collapsed in 2017, releasing a quarter-million nonnative Atlantic salmon into...
SEATTLE (AP) — The state budget approved this week includes $750,000 to study the impacts of the possible breaching of four Snake River dams to help salmon recovery.
SEATTLE (AP) — The endangered killer whales of the Pacific Northwest live very different lives from orcas in captivity.
They swim up to 100 miles (161 kilometers) a day in pursuit of salmon,...
Group urges federal action to protect Oregon river fish
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — The federal government should take action to protect fish runs in the Willamette River, according to a national conservation group.
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — State wildlife officials are again setting limits on Nooksack River chinook salmon because of projected low returns.
The Bellingham Herald reports a statement issued...
MYSTIC, Conn. (AP) — Addressing the problems caused by dams is still the biggest challenge facing the recovery of the Atlantic salmon.
SEATTLE (AP) — Federal officials say they may restrict salmon fishing off the West Coast to help the Pacific Northwest's critically endangered killer whales, but two environmental groups are suing...
ST. ANDREWS, New Brunswick (AP) — A conservation group in Maine and Canada says it's concerned about a recent uptick in the harvest of wild Atlantic salmon off of Greenland.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — It's nearly time for the open-water fishing season on New Hampshire's large lakes for salmon and lake trout.
April 1 marks the start of the season at waterways such as...
US sues California, says water policy violates state law
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The federal government sued California on Thursday over a water policy it said violates the state's environmental protection law.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Democrats in the state Senate released their two-year transportation budget Tuesday, proposing spending $9.9 billion on areas that broadly mirror a proposal in the...
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- Ludington Daily News40,000 coho salmon released in Sable RiverMay 9, 2019
- Ludington Daily News40,000 coho salmon released in Sable RiverMay 9, 2019
$9.9B transportation budget includes salmon, ferry funds
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington House Democrats released their two-year transportation budget proposal Monday, with $9.9 billion in spending for projects including a new hybrid-electric ferry and...
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.
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.
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.