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The Clinton Administration, under federal court order to save endangered salmon stocks in the Northwest, Wednesday proposed what it called "major changes" in the way it operates the vast hydropower system of the Columbia and Snake rivers. But the Bonneville Power Administration says it will need federal assistance to compensate for those changes, and environmentalists say the plan does not change enough to help the dwindling salmon runs.
December 1, 2009 | By Alana Semuels
Just yards from the murky waters of Noyo Harbor, the boats sit tilted sideways on scraggly grass, their hulls rusted, their white paint peeling. Bruce Abernathy has collected them for years on the cheap, hoping to make a killing selling the fishing rights that go with them when the salmon return and Noyo Harbor regains its rightful berth as one of the biggest salmon fishing ports in California. Instead, his dilapidated fleet has only grown bigger, as frustrated fishermen walk away from their boats.
April 22, 1999 | Associated Press
Heard of crash test dummies? Now there's a crash test salmon. Engineers on Wednesday unveiled Flubber, a 6-inch rubbery replica of a young salmon, packed with wires and sensors. The fake fish will spurt through the churning, 10-foot-long blades of the McNary hydropower dam on the Washington-Oregon border next month to measure how salmon are jostled, scraped and even killed on their treacherous journey downstream. The synthetic salmon was developed at the Energy Department's Richland, Wash.
September 7, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
An eerie glow from salmon drying in a smokehouse startled some residents of Holy Cross, a Yupik Eskimo village of about 300 on the lower Yukon River in Alaska. Sandra Dementieff found that some of the salmon in her smokehouse were glowing in the dark, something she had never seen before, a newspaper reported. Officials determined that the glow was from phosphorescent bacteria.
October 2, 2004 | From Times Wire Services
After two years of lower than expected salmon runs, U.S. Forest Service officials said this fall's kokanee salmon spawn at Lake Tahoe is shaping up to be better than normal. An estimated 60,000 to 80,000 fish are expected to make the trip up Taylor Creek on the lake's south shore, said Forest Service spokesman Rex Norman. In a typical year, he said, about 40,000 adult salmon go up the creek to spawn. But last year, only about 5,000 fish made the upstream journey.
October 22, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
The Sonoma County Water Agency plans to reduce the amount of water flowing from dwindling Lake Mendocino, but it is asking water users to conserve to help chinook salmon migrating upstream to spawn. About 1,650 threatened chinook salmon have entered the Russian River via the agency's fish ladder near Forestville.
Hoping to ensure that enough salmon survive to perpetuate the species, a federal agency Friday banned salmon fishing off Washington state for the first time and imposed tough limits on commercial and recreational fishing off California and Oregon. The action by the Pacific Fishery Management Council places the strictest limits ever on salmon fishing off the West Coast. The salmon population is in steep decline because of the steady degradation of its freshwater habitat.
May 14, 2000 | From Associated Press
It's available only a few weeks of the year, but oh what weeks they are. Every year, around mid-May, Copper River salmon unleash a frenzy of salmon-hungry diners looking to get a piece of the season's first--and many say finest--wild catch of the season. The fish, considered the most succulent and flavorful of all salmon, is expected to hit area restaurants and grocery stores Monday. But salmon lovers had better move fast. The best of the catch is around for just three to four weeks.
July 1, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A boycott by Alaska fishermen to protest low salmon prices was broken as some fishermen ventured out to sea. Alaska state troopers used two helicopters and two seaplanes to monitor events in parts of Bristol Bay, a huge salmon fishing ground, witnesses said. There were no reports of strike-related violence. Striking fishermen have kept their ships in port since Tuesday to protest wholesale prices that tumbled from more than $1 per pound last year to as low as 50 cents this year.
February 26, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Northwest populations of Pacific salmon accounted for one of every four state and federal dollars spent on saving endangered or threatened species during 2004, according to a new report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Government agencies spent $393 million on helping the five Pacific salmon species protected by the Endangered Species Act -- chinook, steelhead, coho, sockeye and chum. Total government spending for 1,838 listed species was $1.4 billion, the report said.
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