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2008-04-09 18:00:00

SEATTLE -- Key advisers pushed Tuesday for a near-complete closure of the Pacific Ocean salmon fishery off the Oregon and California coasts, leaving room only for extremely limited commercial trolling and sportfishing. The Pacific Fishery Management Council's informal vote late Tuesday stopped short of a complete shutdown. But it left no doubt that the 2008 season would be struck to record lows. Driving the drop is the collapse of Sacramento River chinook, a run vital to open-ocean fishing...

2008-04-03 14:40:00

Hatchery controversy takes on new significance as salmon populations crashA recent study indicates that wild salmon may account for just 10 percent of California's fall-run chinook salmon population, while the vast majority of the fish come from hatcheries. The findings are especially troubling in light of the disastrous decline in the population this year, which will probably force the closure of the 2008 season for commercial and recreational salmon fishing. The role of hatcheries in the...

2007-12-08 06:00:00

By Daly, Pete GRAND HAVEN - Business was good this year for some of the charter fishing operators on Lake Michigan - in spite of expensive gasoline, a weak Michigan economy, smaller salmon, and threats from invasive species and fish diseases. Key to their success is how many chinook salmon customers catch. "As far as tourism and charter fishing, the big hype is on (chinook) salmon," said Dick Stafford, who runs a charter business out of Gladstone near Escanaba, and who is president of the...

2007-11-15 12:00:25

By Mark Yuasa, Seattle Times Nov. 15--This is the height of the chum salmon fishing season, and more than 1.4 million fish are expected to flow into Puget Sound and Hood Canal. Right now, many of the traditional places are generating the best action, including Hoodsport in Hood Canal and the Kennedy Creek estuary in Totten Inlet. Other good chum fishing spots are the Johns Creek estuary in Oakland Bay, North Bay near Allyn, Perry Creek in Eld Inlet, Whatcom Creek in Bellingham, Chico...

2007-07-18 12:15:06

One of the Puget Sound's key populations of sockeye salmon will receive a major boost from the reconstruction of the world's only successful system for moving juvenile fish around a large, deep-water hydropower dam. "A lot of people and organizations have invested years of research and planning to develop this new facility," said Cary Feldmann, manager of Resource Sciences for Puget Sound Energy (PSE). "We believe it holds great promise for salmon in the Baker and Skagit river...

2006-05-10 17:45:00

CHINOOK LANDING, Ore. -- On his first cast of the season, Jim Walker pitched a lure resembling a baby salmon into the dark green waters of the Columbia River and - BAM! - hooked a 24-inch fish with a $4 bounty on its head. But alas, "we didn't hook another one all day," the 73-year-old retiree said. It may not always be easy, but fishermen who can fill their coolers can also fill their pockets - some getting nearly $40,000 - for helping to control the most voracious predator of baby salmon in...

2006-04-07 18:31:37

By Teresa Carson PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) - Federal regulators recommended on Friday severely scaling back salmon fishing this year along most of the Oregon and Northern California coastline to preserve shrinking Chinook salmon populations. The recommendation from the Pacific Fishery Management Council, a quasi federal-state agency, would restrict salmon fishing along the 700-mile (1,127 kilometre) stretch of coastline for most of May, June and July. If approved by the National...

2006-04-07 06:14:24

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Federal regulators voted Thursday to severely restrict salmon fishing off the coasts of Oregon and Northern California this summer to protect dwindling populations in the Klamath River. The Pacific Fishery Management Council decided to close most of the 700 miles of coastline to commercial salmon fishing for much of May, June and July, the most productive months of the season, which runs from April-October. Federal fishery officials said the closures were the broadest...

2006-04-05 08:55:00

SEATTLE -- The killer whales that chase salmon in this region's inland waters feed almost exclusively on chinook, to the extent that the orca population ebbs and flows right along with that of the West Coast's largest and longest-lived salmon, researchers said Tuesday. The whales settle for chum salmon for six to eight weeks in the fall, when most of the chinook are gone, John Ford of Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans said at the 2006 Symposium on Southern Resident Killer Whales, a...

2006-03-31 17:22:44

CASCADE LOCKS, Ore. -- In his way, C404 is kind of cute, with those sea-lion whiskers, soft brown eyes and furry little head. But to many he is a sea lion either from hell - or from Harvard. C404 has driven the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Bonneville Dam to near distraction as he and his ilk sit at the base and munch salmon gathered to continue upriver to spawn. Numerous sea lions head for the dam each spring, but C404 is in a class by himself. He has figured out how to get into fish...

Latest Chinook salmon Reference Libraries

2005-06-02 08:18:08

Salmon is the common name for several species of fish of the Salmonidae family "“ although several other fishes in the family are called trout. Salmon live in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Salmon are anadromous: they are born in fresh water, migrate to the ocean, then return to fresh water to reproduce. Folklore has it that the fish return to the exact spot where they were born to spawn and modern research shows that usually at least 90% of the fish spawning in a stream were born...

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