OPB's First Look newsletter
Coho salmon returning to freshwater each fall often die, gasping for breath and swimming aimlessly, before they are able to spawn. Scientists now know why.
Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana announced Friday they have committed to a unified public process to find solutions to key issues for recovering the imperiled fish.
Over the last 20 years, the problem of California sea lions and Steller sea lions feasting on threatened Northwest salmon has worsened. The animals have returned year after year to fish ladders on dams where the fish are concentrated, making them easy prey. Wildlife managers have used techniques like hazing and other non-lethal methods to deter the sea lions, with little to no long-term effect. Now a new federal rule shifts management to geographic areas, rather than individual sea lions, and for the first time gives Indigenous tribes the ability to kill the sea lions that are threatening salmon runs.
A federal judge rules against The Army Corps of Engineers and the National Marine Fisheries Service for failing to enact endangered species protection for Willamette River Salmon.
Oregon will reopen recreational salmon and steelhead fishing on the Columbia River for four days after closing the river in late March to follow the state's stay at home order.