Idaho’s ‘Salmon Workgroup’ Submits Policy Recommendations To Governor; No Consensus On Dam-Breaching

January 8th, 2021

The state of Idaho’s “Salmon Workgroup” last week released a final report that includes policy recommendations for Gov. Brad Little to consider that aim “to restore abundant, sustainable, and well distributed populations of salmon and steelhead in Idaho for present and future generations, while recognizing diverse interests throughout the State.”

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Study Suggests Traditional Salmon Fishing Practices, Management Could Help Revitalize Pacific Fisheries

December 11th, 2020

Across the North Pacific, salmon fisheries are struggling with climate variability, declining fish populations, and a lack of sustainable fishing opportunities. According to a new study from a team of Indigenous leaders and conservation scientists, help lies in revitalizing Indigenous fishing practices and learning from Indigenous systems of salmon management.

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GUEST COLUMN: (RESPONSE) IT SHOULDN’T TAKE A DEGREE IN MARINE BIOLOGY TO SEE THE OBVIOUS

November 30th, 2020

By David Welch

Mr. Hawley misconstrues my shock—I am shocked because biologists monitoring survival thought it unimportant to ask why salmon survival reported elsewhere was no better than Snake River populations. Decades ago someone should have asked what was wrong with the accumulating data (and fixed it) or asked why current Columbia Basin policy laser-focused on the dams can really restore salmon populations if survival is the same elsewhere. The answer reported in our paper is that the data really are consistent with a coastwide decline but that the Columbia also has a big problem with what was thought to be the gold standard in survival monitoring—PIT tag data. This too is shocking.

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