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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.
August 27, 1991 | Associated Press
Workers loaded 10,000 pounds of canned pink salmon onto a Soviet jet, a gift from Alaska to its western neighbor to celebrate the victory of democracy in Moscow. Gov. Walter J. Hickel greeted the Aeroflot jet Sunday night as it pulled into Anchorage International Airport to pick up the first shipment. He told the two pilots that Alaska wants to help the Soviet people.
September 20, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A new study says some of Alaska's pristine and remote lakes are being polluted with industrial PCBs through an unlikely source: sockeye salmon. The fish pick up the chemicals in the northern Pacific Ocean and then return to the lakes to spawn. When they die, their bodies release the pollutant, raising PCB concentrations in lake sediment more than sevenfold in some cases, researchers conclude Thursday in the journal Nature.
April 14, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
State utility regulators voted Thursday to phase out electricity subsidies for farmers along the Klamath River, a move fishermen and environmentalists hope will help save a struggling salmon population. The five-member Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously to raise electricity rates over the next four years. By making irrigation more expensive, fishermen and conservationists hope farmers will pump less water, leading to higher flows that would facilitate spawning.
Setting the stage for a drastic shift in Northwest water policy, an influential planning council Wednesday approved a $177-million plan to help migrating salmon in the Columbia and Snake rivers on their way to the Pacific Ocean. Starting next spring, federal river managers will "draw down" the volume of certain reservoirs to unprecedented levels in hopes of speeding young salmon downstream and out to sea.
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