salmon

Ken Morrish/Wild Salmon Center

The fishing is world-class along the North Umpqua River. 

And it might be even better, if Congress acts to create the Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary.  Moore was the longtime operator of the Steamboat Inn along the river, and a member of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission. 

A bill to create the sanctuary in his name is working its way ever so slowly through Congress. 

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Precipitation returned to the region this year, but that does not mean everything returned to normal.

Some salmon species are turning up in the ocean in small numbers, small enough to concern the people at the Pacific Fisheries Management Council

The council is due to make a decision on commercial fishing seasons for the ocean in early April; the possibility looms that the season could be short or interrupted, or both. 

There are fish stories, and then there are fish stories!  It’s hard to beat this whopper published with tongue-in-cheek by the New York Times on March 8, 1885.  The story goes like this:

Providing An OASIS For Threatened Salmon

Dec 11, 2014
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Bringing sensitive wildlife back from the brink is no easy task. 

Slow and steady is the approach for the people working to help coho salmon populations recover in Oregon. 

The people of the OASIS program (Oregon Adult Salmonid Inventory and Sampling) cover a lot of distance and endure some tough conditions just to get accurate fish counts. 

Un-Damming The Salmon

Nov 20, 2014
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EXTRA: Watch the dam demolition.

Before we fully understood anadromous fish, the kind that swim upstream to spawn, we put a lot of obstacles between them and their spawning grounds. 

Dams big and small went up on creeks and rivers, preventing fish passage. 

Now many dams are coming down, including one on Cottonwood Creek in Tehama County. 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife oversaw the project, which returns five miles of stream to spawning habitat. 

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It's a mouthful to say or spell "ichthyophthirius multifiliis," so most people just pronounce it "ick." 

Long or short, it's the name for a disease capable of killing fish by the thousands in the drought-stressed Klamath River

And there's evidence of a significant ich infestation in the river again this year. 

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Rains finally came to the region recently. 

And now they're leaving. 

Which means we're essentially back to where we were a few weeks ago: looking at a drought, likely a severe one. 

The Earth Law Center and other groups warn of stream flows too low for salmon and other fish to survive this year. 

Trinity Restoration Hits Rough Water

Feb 4, 2014
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There is general agreement that the region's streams need a bit more help to be truly friendly places for fish. 

But there's plenty of disagreement over HOW to provide that help. 

Take the Trinity River in California. 

University of Oregon

For years, museum conservators and paleontologists have yearned for a way to duplicate fragile fossils without damaging them. Now scientists with the University of Oregon say they have found a way to do just that, with the help of a relatively inexpensive 3-D printer.

Pot Versus Fish In California Waters

Jan 21, 2014
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Marijuana versus the environment: who ever would have seen that coming? 

But the first hurts the second, at least when illegal growing operations trash the landscape and nearby waterways.