83 posts categorized "Save Our Wild Salmon"

November 06, 2007

Advocates Sue to Enforce Pesticide Order


Salmon advocates filed a lawsuit Monday to force the Bush administration to obey a 5-year-old court order requiring it to make permanent rules to keep agricultural pesticides from killing salmon.  LINK

November 01, 2007

The Definition of Insanity?


Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

Today the administration released its latest plan for operating dams on the Columbia and lower Snake Rivers.

The new plan, which would guide salmon recovery efforts in the Columbia and Snake River basin for the next decade, includes provisions for habitat restoration, hatchery production, and predator control that are essentially the same as those in the prior plan, with no significant changes to the region's federal system of managing dams, locks, and river flows. The plan does not acknowledge, let alone consider, removal of the four dams on the lower Snake River that do the most harm to the basin's endangered salmon.

Judge Redden is not going to be happy.


October 30, 2007

Ain't No Nookie Without Chinookie

Sonoma County Water Agency officials are concerned about the low number of Chinook salmon that are returning to the Russian River this season.  LINK

Salmon fishing on Oregon's famed Rogue River nosedives. LINK

Perfect for that Save Our Wild Salmon Halloween party


The U.S. Senator Larry Craig paper bag mask.

Great for Halloween, or for everyday use when visiting the toilet. LINK

October 26, 2007

Snake River Salmon and Steelhead Waterpark


A massive steel structure designed as a fish-friendly water slide to give juvenile salmon and steelhead a faster and safer way to negotiate spillways is en route to Lower Monumental Dam for installation next month. LINK
An interactive computer simulation of what fish experience as they travel through the slide. LINK

October 09, 2007

Larry Craig has a special recipe for you


Our favorite Senator, and newly inducted member of the Idaho Stall of Fame, shares his Super Tuber recipe.

Wash and dry potato. Rub with shortening or butter. With an apple corer or small knife, core out the potato center (end to end). Push hot dog through the center. Bake until potato is cooked through. Via: The J-Walk Blog  LINK

October 05, 2007

Salmon Try to Send Larry Craig Up the River


That’s right, salmon — you might know them as the harmless smoked fish Larry King puts on his bagels, when he is making bagels, but in real life Big Salmon has a stranglehold on our government and industry, preventing upstanding American companies from building big dams that power our baby monitors and puppy-grooming machines.

But with Larry resigning in disgrace for the “crime” of soliciting public sex with an undercover cop, these salmon may soon be free to infest the Snake River with their disgusting spawn. That’s why we all need to support Senator Craig in his latest campaign: the campaign to not actually resign.  Via: Wonkette LINK

Craig has now vowed to stay in the Senate until the end of his term. LINK

Meanwhile new dams are going up in Minneapolis. Via: Yahoo LINK

October 01, 2007

Tearing Down The Elwha River Dam


Crumbling and near-obsolete, the Elwha Dam on Washington's Olympic Peninsula will soon be dismantled in order to restore salmon runs.

This article from Popular Mechanics chronicles the logistics of the world's largest dam removal project. LINK

September 24, 2007

Wheat, Wine and Wild Salmon

Last Friday the Chum board of directors attended the first stop of Save Our Wild Salmon's, Wheat, Wine and Wild Salmon event series. Highlighting Northwest food traditions, the series is designed to build public awareness in support of locally grown food and wild salmon.

Former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt lead an inspiring discussion about effective solutions to the Snake River salmon crisis. Babbitt's message was that wild salmon advocates should engage government, agricultural and power interests that have historically been opposed to removal of the 4 lower Snake River dams. Babbitt's own experience found that we shared common problems and concerns with pro-dam interests. By working together we can protect wild salmon and insure a secure economic future for farming communities throughout the Columbia Basin and central Idaho.

"For years, the debate over the future of Columbia and Snake River salmon, and whether to remove the four lower Snake River dams, has been cast as a clash between economic and environmental interests, of fishermen against farmers. But this is a false choice," Secretary Babbitt said. "Removing four dams on the lower Snake River and restoring wild salmon to one of our nation's signature rivers --- if done right --- will leave the Northwest economy and its communities with a brighter future."


The series will move to Spokane for a similar event on October 2nd followed by another two day panel discussion on October 19th and 20th.

September 21, 2007

Wheat Wine & Wild Salmon

In all the chaos surrounding the Fly Fishing Retailer show we almost forgot to post this link.

Save our Wild Salmon is hosting a reception this evening to kick off it's fall 2007 Wheat, Wine and Wild Salmon series.
There will be Washington wheat, wine and wild salmon prepared by local chefs as well as a discussion with former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt.

The event starts at 6:30 this evening at the Mountaineers Summit room, 300 Third Ave. West in Seattle. Cost is $12.

We'll be in attending and will post a report.

September 20, 2007

Salmon Humor


August 29, 2007

How a Bathroom in Minnesota Could Help Wild Salmon and Steelhead


Senator Larry, "I'm not gay but like anonymous gay sex", Craig killed funding for the fish passage center and proposed legislation that would exempt Idaho from taking part in salmon and steelhead recovery. His impending political demise could ultimately benefit wild fish.

August 28, 2007

Salmon Run - Breakers to Bay

Some people dress up as salmon and fight their way upstream through the hordes at the Bay to Breakers foot race in San Francisco.

August 23, 2007

Judge: Wash. must ensure salmon can navigate culverts


A tribal lawsuit victory will force Washington to replace it's salmon blocking culverts by 2016.

Washington state must ensure that culverts under its roads don't block migrating salmon, a federal judge ruled Wednesday in siding with American Indian tribes who complained that dilapidated or poorly designed structures blocked about 250 miles of streams.  Via: The Seattle PI  LINK

8 Years And Counting: Columbia-Snake River Salmon Returns Fall Short Again


The book officially closed on the 2007 spring and summer salmon season on the Columbia and Snake Rivers and the bottom line was even worse than fisheries managers predicted. 

The numbers tell a sad story.

Fewer than 67,000 adult spring Chinook crossed Bonneville Dam this year, the first of eight dams salmon must navigate during their upstream migration to Idaho through the Columbia-Snake river system. That's 30% below last year's number (itself a dismal year), significantly below the 10-year average, and only a fraction of the 400,000-plus fish needed for sustained recovery.

Via: Earth Times LINK

August 14, 2007

Mmmmmmmmm.....tasty pharmed raised fish.

The Schering Plough Aquaculture Product and Disease Directory

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August 08, 2007

Giant tanks for salmon farming


A possible solution to nasty open net salmon farms?

While controversy continues over the safety of open-net fish pens, a prototype of the first ocean-based, commercial scale closed tank is being developed for a trial near Campbell River.  LINK

Meanwhile the Canadian government has approved two new salmon farm licenses on the central coast. LINK

August 03, 2007

Property rights group appeals U.S. judge's salmon count ruling


A property rights group filed an appeal Thursday to a federal judge's ruling that hatchery-raised salmon should not be counted along with wild fish when determining if a run needs Endangered Species Act protection.

Via:The Santa Barbara News Press LINK

Not only have they filed an appeal but they're writing guest editorials to support their cause. LINK

Meanwhile the summer chinook salmon season on the Yukon has been canceled. Via: CBC News  LINK

July 26, 2007



Save Our Wild Salmon is on the road this summer with a 25 foot salmon sculpture to raise awareness for endangered wild salmon and steelhead in the Pacific Northwest.

Via Save Our Wild Salmon LINK

The tour just made a stop at Patagonia HQ in Ventura.  LINK

Add your voice to the campaign! LINK

July 06, 2007

Nature’s Salmon Factory Threatened


Wild Bill Schneider weighs in on the Pebble Mine fiasco in Bristol Bay. Via: New West LINK

There has been some good news recently.

A court ruling might protect the world's largest salmon fishery from the mining of the continent's biggest gold deposit. A ban on dumping mine waste into natural lakes and streams closes one legal loophole in favor of the fishery. 

Via: Mother Jones  LINK

May 14, 2007

Keynote speech by David James Duncan


I want to start with a fish story, partly because it took place very near here, and partly because it alludes to a small salmon crisis that will help me bring our Big Salmon Crisis into focus. So...

Via Ifish LINK

May 01, 2007

Sign the Salmon Consumer's Bill of Rights


Trout Unlimited adds their voice to the efforts to save wild salmon.  LINK

April 09, 2007

Court rejects Bush plan for salmon, dams


The 9th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals takes the Bush administration to the wood shed over it's salmon plan.

The appeals court found that no other federal agency had ever taken such a "cramped view" of its authority, adding that federal agencies have a duty to satisfy the requirements of the Endangered Species Act as a "first priority" over other laws.


March 15, 2007

Pull the plug


Reed Burkholder, a piano teacher in Boise, frequently rushes to his basement computer these days to analyze data kept by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about power production at four dams on the lower Snake River. His findings may re-energize arguments to remove the dams in order to aid endangered salmon runs in the river.

"These dams are completely unnecessary. You can pull the plug and nobody will miss it," Burkholder says.

Via: The Pacific Northwest Inlander  LINK

February 27, 2007

Salmon Study Cancelled Due to Lack Of Salmon


Scientists will have to suspend this year's study of barging Snake River salmon -- because there aren't enough fish.


February 06, 2007

Salmon Justice


A profile and interview with U.S. District Judge Jim Redden, who’s given uncooperative federal agencies clear warning: Submit a viable salmon restoration plan for the Snake/Columbia River Basin, or face the possible breaching of four major dams.  VIA: High Country News  LINK

Try two free issues of H.C.N. LINK

February 02, 2007

Freak Flag Flies on the Rogue


When Jack Burns of Medford, OR hooked into a 30-lb fish on the Rogue River last week, he was pretty sure he was going in the record books for a monster winter steelhead. But when the fish came to the net, Burns had something entirely different on his hands, a freak Chinook salmon.  LINK  (VIA Oregon Outdoor Journal)

January 29, 2007

The River Dry


David James Duncan rows through a wheat field to save salmon  VIA Grist: LINK

Previously on MC:

Lost River LINK

January 09, 2007

Salmon Bites Man


or something of that nature.

December 11, 2006

Lost River

Our friends at Save Our Wild Salmon have just released the vision and profound words of David James Duncan on this limited edition print. A link to the S.O.S. press release and Duncan's comments are below and the essay is copied for your reading pleasure below the actual poster image.

Dec. 5, 2006 – Spokane, WA –Lost River, a limited edition print with a poignant essay by renowned author and conservationist David James Duncan, is being released today by Save Our Wild Salmon (SOS). The image was created by photographer Frederic Ohringer and the project was underwritten by outdoor clothing company Patagonia, Inc.  LINK

David James Duncan on the release of Lost River. LINK


I dreamed the people who fished the river never knew want, seldom knew confusion, & with the salmon’s self-sacrifice to guide us we could always find love. I dreamed I obeyed the river so gratefully the name of every rapid, fall & riffle engraved itself on my tongue, & the salmon came back to us again & again, & I never once doubted they would bless my family’s table forever.

I dreamed Big & Little Dalles & Methow & Priest Rapids & Lodgepole & Entiat Rapids. I dreamed Coulee Bend & Kettle Falls & beautiful Celilo. I dreamed Chalwash Chilni & Picture Rocks Bay & Spanish Castle & Victoria & Beacon Rocks. I dreamed Black Canyon & Deschutes & Klickitat Canyons & Rocky Reach & Ribbon Cliff. I dreamed I fished by the peach groves of the place called Penawawa, drunk on the river’s sweetness within the fruit.

I dreamed I fell asleep to the sound of water, & when I woke a cloud had enveloped the minds of the ruling pharaohs, & they had attacked the river as if its song & flow were curses. I dreamed 227 dams clogged the river & all that I knew was submerged.

I dreamed the salmon young lost strength & direction in the slackwaters, couldn’t reach the sea, & when they no longer brought the ocean back to us we grew as lost as they. I dreamed my people stood shoulder to shoulder in casinos the way we’d once stood by the river, our fists full of quarters, our minds full of broken hope & smoke.

I dreamed I asked why the salmon had to die & the pharaohs told me, “So wheat can ride the slackwater in barges.” I dreamed I tried to reason, telling them of wheat shipped by railroad, & they laughed & marched off to conduct business hard to distinguish from war.

I dreamed I led the last salmon people out into the wheat fields, & in a golden light we launched our dories, & we went fishing in the stubble. I dreamed I cast the Spey of a Nez Perce named Levi, & the beauty of hidden salmon gleamed in field & sky, & our fishing became prayer. But still the pharaohs ruled the water. I dreamed the one who reads even lost rivers then said, “It is finished,” & the last salmon floated by us as a cloud above us.

I dream I am an old man, & Levi & the farmer whose fields we sailed sit with me at Penawawa beside a river finally freed. I dream we hold rods in one hand, sweet peaches in the other, & our lines run true as prayer into the shine. But whether the salmon come, whether they bring the lost ocean back to us, my dreams, like the river, refuse to say.     –David James Duncan

October 31, 2006

Take Action!


Stop anti-salmon rider in upcoming lame duck session of congress. LINK

October 30, 2006

Salmon Crime Scene


October 18, 2006

Any Last Requests?

Some tuna and a beach ball might be nice.

The resident Bonneville sea lions have finally exhausted the appeals process and could be swimming, "The Green Mile" as early as this spring. VIA MSNBC LINK

Salmon: It's what's for dinner (and breakfast)

We did know how critical healthy salmon runs are to the entire lifecycle of the Great Bear Rainforest. What we did not know was that wolves can swim up to eight miles in the open ocean and also like to eat salmon.

Paul Paquet is an expert on bears and wolves, but says salmon are the most critical species in the Great Bear Rainforest.

VIA The Mercury News LINK

July 18, 2006

Farm Fresh


Consumer Reports, in its current issue, said that an analysis of 23 "wild" salmon filets purchased at a mix of chain supermarkets, small fish stores and wholesalers during the off-season -- November, December and March -- found that only 10 were definitely caught in the Great Outdoors.
  VIA The Sun Sentinel LINK


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