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October 6, 2002
Rebellious farmers and ranchers from along the California-Oregon border threatened to seize U.S. Bureau of Reclamation water-diversion facilities by force more than a year ago after the bureau took the irrigation water they had been using and turned it back into the Klamath River to save endangered species of fish. It was an ugly scene. In severe drought conditions, crops were drying up and farmers were going broke. Finally in July, Interior Secretary Gale A.
September 21, 2010 | By Andrew Zajac, Tribune Washington Bureau
A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel debated Monday whether to endorse the safety of genetically engineered salmon, but instead urged the agency to require more studies to demonstrate the fish's safety. The North Atlantic salmon developed by AquaBounty Technologies Inc. of Waltham, Mass., would be the country's first genetically engineered food animal. The Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee did not vote on the FDA's preliminary findings that the fish was safe for people to eat and did not pose a significant environmental risk.
April 10, 1989 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, Times Staff Writer
The state Fish and Game Commission is proposing a regulation that environmentalists fear could weaken protection for some species of wildlife whose numbers are seriously declining in California. The commission, under pressure from business interests not to declare the desert tortoise and the chinook salmon as threatened, is proposing the creation of a lesser category of protection that critics worry could take the place of putting animals on the state's list of threatened or endangered species.
September 20, 2005 | Doug Thompson, Special to The Times
THE silver-gray Chinook salmon shuddered and then died after the bat barrel crashed into its head. Two hard whacks were all it took. Twenty minutes earlier, the 30-pound fish was swimming past the Queen Charlotte Islands in British Columbia to its spawning ground up any one of thousands of rivers and streams along the West Coast of North America. The Chinook made its final mistake when it mistook half a herring baitfish threaded with two 4/0 hooks for a real meal.
March 21, 2008 | Carl Pope, Carl Pope is executive director of the Sierra Club.
As global warming bears down on our Western rivers and watersheds, it threatens one of the great symbols of Western abundance: wild salmon. With each passing year, their numbers have dropped precipitously. This decline is believed to be in part the result of warming temperatures in streams and rivers. Just last week, government fishery managers moved toward a ban on salmon fishing off the California and Oregon coasts because of the diminishing numbers of chinook salmon.
December 26, 2012 | By Rosie Mestel
The Food and Drug Administration released long-awaited documents Dec. 21 on genetically modified salmon: an assessment of the fish's potential environmental effects and a preliminary “ finding of no significant impact ” of the fish on the environment. This brings AquAdvantage salmon -- Atlantic salmon that has been modified with a growth hormone gene from chinook salmon so that it reaches maturity faster -- a significant step closer to FDA approval.   Astute readers will notice that the recently released documents are dated May 4. So why were they just released Dec. 21 -- seven months later?
May 18, 2008 | Paul VanDevelder, Paul VanDevelder's new book, "Savages and Scoundrels: The Great Taking of America and the Road to Empire," is due out next year.
Last month, while late-winter storms pounded the Cascade and Sierra mountains and flooded dozens of salmon streams in the Pacific Northwest, members of the Pacific Fishery Management Council huddled around a table in Seattle and pored over marine biologists' latest predictions for West Coast salmon. The news was shocking: The spring and summer runs of chinook salmon, once numbering in the millions, in California's Sacramento River had dwindled to a few thousand.
Federal officials on Thursday set the stage for another far-reaching and potentially bruising Pacific Coast environmental struggle over a dying species and traditional industrial use of the Northwest's vast resources. This time the species is the region's famed salmon, and the resource is its mighty Columbia/Snake river system. The National Marine Fisheries Service in Portland, Ore.
June 11, 2006 | Maggie Barnett, Times Staff Writer
CANOE down the Big Salmon River in Canada's Yukon Territory on a trip that's designed to make the adventure accessible to everyone, including those with disabilities. The 15-day journey, which begins Aug. 10, will be guided by naturalist Jim Fitzpatrick. Participants will learn canoeing skills during the first three days of the trip as they wind their way from Quiet Lake, the largest of three lakes that form the headwaters of the Big Salmon River, through the mountains and into the Yukon Valley.
November 16, 2008 | Bettina Boxall, Margot Roosevelt and Louis Sahagun
This is not a year when you would expect to find a monster chinook salmon in California waters. The salmon runs have been so bad that the commercial and recreational chinook catch was canceled off the California and Oregon coast in spring. But when state Department of Fish and Game biologists conducted their survey of fall-run chinook last month, they came across the carcass of one of the largest chinook ever recorded in California.
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